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Thread #32602   Message #874993
Posted By: Stewie
25-Jan-03 - 11:12 PM
Thread Name: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
Hi Frank,

I have seen that attribution too - in several places - but Meade et alia 'Country Music Sources: A Biblio-discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music' attribute words and music to P.J. Howley 1906. The NLCR recorded the 1931 version by Buster Carter and Preston Young of 'Bill Morgan and His Gal' (Vol V NLCR reissued on 'Early Years' Smithsonian CD) without attribution. The Carter and Young side was reissued recently on 'Walter Smith and Friends Vol III' Document DOCD-8064. In his notes to that CD, Tony Russell wrote that 'Bill Morgan and His Gal' was published as 'My Name Is Morgan But It Ain't JP' in 1906, and this appears to be the only recording in the old-time idiom'. However, he gives no attribution. To muddy the waters further, a jazz site composer listing gives the 1906 date, but attributes it to Halsey Mohr/Will Mahoney. Doing a search at the Lester Levy sheet music site fails to unearth the song, but a search for P.J. Howley appears to indicate that Howley was a music publishing company rather than a composer. Whatever, to me at least, this seems to cast serious doubts on the claim that Blake Alfonso Higgs was the author. I can't seem to find any biographical info on him. How old was he when he recorded?

The jazz link follows - you need to scroll down to the song title:

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