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Thread #162314 Message #3862753
Posted By: Joe_F
24-Jun-17 - 06:07 PM
Thread Name: Oldtime Musical Gatherings: What Were They Called?
Subject: RE: Oldtime Musicals . . . What Were They Called?
leeneia: Yeah! It doesn't happen so often any more, but it used to be that you could have a party without loudspeakers, and whatever the guests did was part of the entertainment. Likewise, we learn from Pete Hamill's interesting autobiography _A Drinking Life_ that if you went into a working-class Irish bar in Brooklyn in the 1940s & were known as a singer, you might be asked for a song. (His daddy's specialty was "Paddy McGinty's Goat".) It wasn't a "pub sing"; they just did it.