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Thread #51888   Message #792414
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
27-Sep-02 - 11:36 AM
Thread Name: Help: Origin of Villikins&Dinah tune
Subject: RE: Help: Origin of Villikins&Dinah tune
Sam Cowell parodied quite a few traditional and broadside songs, and often used existing melodies; that would seem to be the case here, though he may perhaps have modified it a little. It may be that the same tune was previously used for William and Diana (or Dinah), which was the song being parodied, though I don't have information about that. Its widespread use subsequently, in that form, is down to him, at any rate; his work was very well-known and widely published, not least in his own Sam Cowell's 120 Comic Songs of c.1850. There are tunes that pre-date Cowell that appear to be related to Villikins; Paddy Whack being one.