The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #941   Message #802059
Posted By: JJ
12-Oct-02 - 11:50 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Preacher and the Bear
Subject: RE: Preacher and the bear
Big hit for Phil Harris in 1947. (Harris later provided the voice of Baloo the bear in Disney's JUNGLE BOOK, singing a score by Terry Gilkeyson.)

"... published in 1904. Normally credited to Joe Arzonia, the song was actually written by George Fairman (1881-1962) of Front Royal, Virginia. In 1955 Fairman wrote to Jim Walsh that in 1902 or 1903, shortly after he composed it, he sold for $250 all rights to the song to Arzonia, owner of a cafe in which Fairman played piano, adding that songwriter Arthur Longbrake was a frequent patron of that cafe. Longbrake, who established the Eclipse Music Company, shares credit with Arzonia on sheet music, which sold well when published by the Joe Morris Music Company."

And it evidently did contain the word "coon" at that time.