To all and sundry, near and far, banjoists in particular:I am trying to pull together some facts about the life of the banjo player and composer Bert Bassett. Although he was rated as being up there…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Sep 9, 2020.
"This is very sad news indeed. In Dave's passing we have lost someone who was always selflessly helpful with a big, welcoming smile and one of our most devoted banjoists. We must be grateful that he managed to put so much of…"
"The reported speech is very much of the age of Arthur Conan Doyle - Holmes and Watson are all over it. It's the popular reporting style of the day. Dickens is said to have had a good ear for the spoken word, but he had been dead for…"
"I always assumed that "Fun On The Wabash" alluded to the river. In 19th C parlance, it is common to read military accounts of battles that describe them as "fun". Example: "Tecumseh and his gang arrived and some fun was…"
"Hey Tony, thanks for pointing out my duplicity in mentioning William Parke Hunter in the biographies... this is now corrected ;-)
Richard, Yes I remember you confirming that Morton was the man and that I found the image of the grave of…"
"Richard, my mother was not in favor of me taking up the banjo at age 12, but for different reasons. She was aware of there being more than one possible tuning. She thought this would make things horribly difficult for me, not understanding…"
"Brewer did a good job in the days before the internet made access to public records easy. He made a mistake with the name of Morley's mother, Caswell/Maxwell and I believe that he fell into the 'College Rag', William Hunter trap.…"
"Fortunately, the Player Biographies section has all the bases covered: it starts with Morton Parke Hunter and ends with William Parke Hunter. W. M. Brewer in his BMG articles always refers to William Parke Hunter.
I agree that it's…"
"Ian, if you remember I was in correspondence with you about the real name of Parke Hunter some years ago. My curiosity had been aroused because I kept coming across banjo compositions attributed to M.P.Hunter, some (the 'Boston Ideals' for…"
"All interesting stuff...a question though. A few years ago I did a short biography on Parke Hunter and discovered that he was called Morton Parke Hunter. I am pretty sure that I had referred to him as William Parke Hunter prior to that. I…"
"I am surprised at Jody's analysis of the origins of 'Fun on the Wabash', as I would have thought this was one of the least controversial.
One starts with the fact that William Parke Hunter was an Indiana boy through and through. …"
"An interesting discussion which has prompted me to look at the list of Hunter’s compositions to identify which other locations he favoured in his titles.
Here is what I found: Alhambra, (not the Spanish variety but the famous theatre in…"
"I am not convinced about the Wabash College connection to "Fun On The Wabash". This is for reasons of geography and common word usage. Two Wabash-y things occur to me that one might have fun *on*. There is the Wabash River and the…"
"The Pensacola Naval Academy didn't get its start until WWI, so that timeline is off. The Naval Yard there was quite small and seriously underfunded. I imagine its only link to the local economy was thru the red-light districts of…"
"Even so, Pensacola was the largest US Gulf port in the days of sailing ships and was its principal trading port with Cuba in 1898, bringing in all that lovely mahogany for banjo arms, some on its way to the Weaver workshop(?).
It would be…"
"Yah, I would peg the visit from the fleet, which would have been national news.
There's nothing similarly notable going on in Pensacola during the late 19th century. Mobile, AL is just a few miles away and a much larger population center. The…"