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Thread #10179   Message #4057831
Posted By: GUEST
07-Jun-20 - 05:18 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: I am a Fine Musician - German song?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I am a Fine Musician - German song?
I will briefly de-lurk to point out the connection to another thread here on 'Johhny Schmoker', written and composed by George F Root in 1863. This was written as a pastiche on German-American song and can be found on YouTube sung by American choirs. My interest comes from the fact that, as 'Johnny Smoker', it was one of the songs sung by the Sapperton Mummers in Gloucestershire at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Alf Cobb, whose father had sung the song, was recorded by John Baldwin in 1969, and the song is in the Folk Music Journal for that year. The connection between this and 'I am the music man' had puzzled me until I found the trail from Germany to America, then as a parlour or music hall song to a small Gloucestershire village.

Martin Graebe (who forgot to sign back in)