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Thread #54140   Message #836881
Posted By: GUEST,Q
28-Nov-02 - 10:47 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Dixie
Subject: RE: Origins: Dixie
Emmett's song was in use by Bryant's Minstrels before the sheet music was published in 1860. (See NY Herald, May 1859, post above) Exactly how much earlier would require going through newspaper files in the towns where Bryant's Minstrels performed for mention of the song.

The same could hold true for Hays' version.