This is another of my arrangements of a popular song of the day, this one was was made famous by Al Jolson and for all the Brits old enough to remember, was a regular feature on the Black and White Minstrel Show on the BBC in the 1960s/70s (until it was killed off by the PC brigade). The score and midi are in the library...Steve.

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There was a famous (well, famous here in the States) early TV puppet show by a gal named Shari Lewis. One of the puppets, "Hush Puppy", had a southern drawl. I had a 45 rpm recording of him (her) singing "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" as a child. Funnily, I didn't learn until I was much older that the lyric/title wasn't "Rober-TeeLee".

I was a little chagrined to find out that I'd been led astray by TV depictions of Stern Wheelers and strumming 4-string banjos. I am very happy to report that the artist and banjo player currently cruising the Mississippi River on the Delta Queen (stern wheeler cruise ship) is a 5-string player who knows his history. I am proud to have taught him "Sunflower Dance", which he uses to teach onboard tourists about the real history of the riverboat banjo.

I remember Shari Lewis she was very good she had another character called 'Lamb Chop'. Robert E Lee makes a good banjo tune, I usually play it together with 'When you're Smiling' 'California Here I Come' 'Toot Toot Tootsie and 'Baby Face'.

Trapdoor2 said:

There was a famous (well, famous here in the States) early TV puppet show by a gal named Shari Lewis. One of the puppets, "Hush Puppy", had a southern drawl. I had a 45 rpm recording of him (her) singing "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" as a child. Funnily, I didn't learn until I was much older that the lyric/title wasn't "Rober-TeeLee".

I was a little chagrined to find out that I'd been led astray by TV depictions of Stern Wheelers and strumming 4-string banjos. I am very happy to report that the artist and banjo player currently cruising the Mississippi River on the Delta Queen (stern wheeler cruise ship) is a 5-string player who knows his history. I am proud to have taught him "Sunflower Dance", which he uses to teach onboard tourists about the real history of the riverboat banjo.

Shari Lewis was the best ventriloquist I have ever seen. There are some surprising adult (not off-color, but not aimed at kids) comedy sketches on youtube of Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, including one where Lamb Chop is drunk and the two sing a duet which had me howling with laughter. If it turns out that she played the banjo as well I would not be surprised.

Richard William Ineson said:

I remember Shari Lewis she was very good she had another character called 'Lamb Chop'. Robert E Lee makes a good banjo tune, I usually play it together with 'When you're Smiling' 'California Here I Come' 'Toot Toot Tootsie and 'Baby Face'.

Trapdoor2 said:

There was a famous (well, famous here in the States) early TV puppet show by a gal named Shari Lewis. One of the puppets, "Hush Puppy", had a southern drawl. I had a 45 rpm recording of him (her) singing "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" as a child. Funnily, I didn't learn until I was much older that the lyric/title wasn't "Rober-TeeLee".

I was a little chagrined to find out that I'd been led astray by TV depictions of Stern Wheelers and strumming 4-string banjos. I am very happy to report that the artist and banjo player currently cruising the Mississippi River on the Delta Queen (stern wheeler cruise ship) is a 5-string player who knows his history. I am proud to have taught him "Sunflower Dance", which he uses to teach onboard tourists about the real history of the riverboat banjo.

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