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Joel, I think I have a baseball themed piece but cannot recall exactly. I know I have some horse-racing ones ("Straight Tip Galop"). I'll keep an eye out.
"Gay Gossoon" is a great tune with a lousy title. Heck, nobody knows what a gossoon is anyway... ;-)
One may always rely on the man from Oz to come forth with the dots. I am forever in his debt...should we ever meet face-to-face, the quantity of beer I owe him will easily allow him to demo their native swimming stroke...
Old thread, but as far as bicycle themes:
Ossman's "L.A.W. March" ....the acronym is purported to stand for:
The "League of American Wheelmen".... a national bicycle club from both sides of the turn of the last century....that also included female members.
It's a great tune.
I almost bought an original member's card from the League once that was from the 1890'....just for the banjo connection and to keep the card in the record sleeve with the 78.
Remember the times...."safety bicycles" (the kind we would all recognize now), aviation, safety razors, and banjo music...along with automobiles, phonographs, etc....were all the rage of new technology then, and all of that rolled into one period of the industrial revolution with banjo music as the soundtrack is all very attractive to me...it's like all one big ball of sociological/cultural techno wax.
Anyway, old post, but just joined up and was intrigued by your mention of bicycles, Joel.
PS-And Richard's comment about the lowly servant emptying chamber pots being a "Gossoon"....
In England many years ago, the most sought after job in the government was the fellow who emptied the King's chamber pot....he had the closest access to the King and actually had political impact from this contact...he was like the point go to man for all the lobbyists....HE likely was not called a "Gossoon"....LOL
Bicycle theme...check out this old blog post of mine: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-scorcher Great tune.
League of American Wheelmen is still active as "League of American Bicyclists" http://www.bikeleague.org/
Speaking of Ossman, banjos and bicycles, VLO recorded Rosey's "The Scorcher" for Columbia c 1899 and Berliner, 1900. He also wrote "The Wheelman's March".
He must have been a serious wheelman himself.
I think you will find that the "Wheelman's March" is the same as the "L.A.W. March," just transposed for C notation and published by CE for the British market. My copy of the Wheelman's is a copy of a copy and thus not very good, but the ABF library has it (and also the A notation L.A.W. March) available to members.
Attached is the Bicycle Galop by fish. It is in A notation (sorry Ian) and not a spectacular piece, but it dose have "Bicycle" in the title.
Thanks.That explains why "Wheelman's March" doesn't appear in Ossman's discography while "L.A.W. March" was recorded several times..
Well...that is so cool, Marc....I'm really happy you shared that about the Scorcher....that makes sense and I was unaware of the slang meaning of the time....very cool....NEAT cover too!
I think bikes were all the rage then....safety bicycles they called them....the ones the Wright Bros made and similar to what we'd recognize today, not the large front wheel ones.
Makes sense all the subject matter would translate to the music of the time.
Joel and Shawn...Wheelman's March....that's interesting...not sure if I've seen that one or not...I MAY have a copy of a brown wax or Berliner I used to have somehwere of Scorcher...I'll have to dig through all my unorganized transcription copies sometime.