Rock-A-Bye My Baby Blues

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6 images
Composed by
Hill, William Joseph
Written by
Yoell, Larry
Subject of
Elliott, Billy
Published by
Sherman, Clay & Co., American, founded 1870
Owned by
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 12 × 9 in. (30.5 × 22.9 cm)
Type
sheet music
Place collected
Sugg McDonald House, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
1923
Description
Sheet music for the song Rock-A-Bye My Baby Blues. The front cover of the sheet music features an image of Billy Elliott in blackface makeup. A caption under the image in blue type reads: [Successfully Introduced By / BILLY ELLIOTT]. A green and blue silhouette of the moon behind a house appears in the background of the front cover. Blue and green type the top of the front cover reads: [ROCK-A-BYE MY BABY BLUES]. A text box, next to the image of Elliot, has blue type that reads: [WALTZ / BALLAD / by / BILLY HILL / AND / LARRY YOELL / Writers of / The West, A Nest and You]. A logo for the publisher in a white box with blue type reads: [Sherman, Clay & Co. / SAN FRANCISCO]. White type at the bottom of the front cover reads [P O M/ GRIFFITH]. The inside of the front cover contains sheet music for a song titled [The West, A Nest, And You]. The interior of the sheet music contains three pages of music bars and notes in black ink for Rock A Bye My Baby Blues. The back cover features sheet music in blue ink for the songs titled: [I DON'T KNOW WHY] and [ORIENTAL LOVE DREAMS].
Topic
African American
Minstrel (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sylvia Alden Roberts
Object number
2014.275.4
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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