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1908 song from the Whitney Brothers Quartet, putting to music “The Drum”, a poem by Eugene Field about children playing a game of “Cowboys and Indians”. I’m a beautiful red, red drum, And I train with the soldier boys; As up the street we come, Wonderful is our noise! There’s …Continued
Tenor Billy Jones (1889-1940) and bass/baritone Ernie Hare (1881-1939) sang as The Happiness Boys in a radio program of the same name which ran in the early 1920s. Dave Kaplan was usually the team’s pianist on records. Fannie Heinline, regarded as the best American female banjoist at the turn of …Continued