Sheet Music, 1920-1929


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MUM00682, 0293


Cover: drawing of an African American male singing and playing a five-string banjo; description reads a rag-time fantasy [only the cover and first page of music remain]; Publisher: Leo Feist Inc. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

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music score

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Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries


I want down the levee just to pass the time away, I heard a darkey on a rusty banjo play. I asked what the tune was and that coon began to roar, He said: Why, Boss that tune is called, The Turkey in the straw. Turkey in the straw. Turkey in the straw.

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Turkey in the Straw / music by Otto Bonnell; words by Leo Wood



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