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Sheet Music of the Week: The Circus is Coming Edition

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"Circus day in Dixie," by Albert Gumble and Jack Yellen. New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1915

Next Tuesday the annual DC Elephant Walk comes back to Capitol Hill, and with it comes the circus! Last year In the Muse rose to the occasion with “The Baby Elephant March.” This week we bring you Albert Gumble and Jack Yellen’s “Circus Day in Dixie,” a song once performed by vaudeville star Blossom Seely. Seely’s signature tune was called “Toddling the Todalo,” a song later performed by Betty Hutton in the 1952 movie Somebody Loves Me, based on the life of Seely and her longtime vaudeville partner Benny Fields.

We don’t have a recording of Seely’s version to share with you, but you can listen to the American Quartet (with prolific tenor Billy Murray) perform this week’s featured sheet music on the National Jukebox:

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