Lawry, M. B. (composer), Fisher, E. S. (illustrator), Vivian Music Publishing Co. (Boston, Mass.) (publisher)
African American Sheet Music
composed by M.B. Lawry
For voice and piano
At head of title: The latest Ethiopian oddity!
Cover illustration: drawing of Afro-American man and two Afro-American women, printed in black, yellow and orange ink / E.S. Fisher
Also published for: piano solo, full orchestra, military band, banjo solo, banjo & piano, guitar solo, mandolin solo, two mandolins, mandolin & guitar, mandolin & piano, two mandolins & guitar, two mandolins & piano
Astley, R. (publisher), Jordan, Dorothy,, 1761-1816 (creator)
Printed in two columns.
Stamped in lower margin: R. Astley, 77 Purchase St. New Bedford, dealer in magazines, newspapers, and songs.
At head of text of first song: Banjo melody, as sung by the famed Virginia Minstrels.
Sheet music entitled Alabama Joe, with same first line and first line of chorus, published in Boston in 1840
Publication date suggested because the Virginia Minstrels formed troupe in 1843 and disbanded in 1844--E. L. Rice, Monarchs of minstrelsy, New York, 1911 p. 11-12.
Second song ascribed to Dorothy Jordan by Thomas L. Philbrick in "British authorship of ballads in the Isaiah Thomas collection," Studies in bibliography, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, v. 9, 1957, p. 255-258.