The Down and Out Blues (Mayo, Sam)

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Sheet Music


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Ross Duncan Boyle (2020/4/20)

Publisher. Info. London: Herman Darewski Music Publishing Co, 1938. Plate H.D.M.P & C: 311.
Misc. Notes Many thanks to Bygone Tunes, who provided a scan to myself (with payment).
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Free Recordings

  • Performances by Flanagan and Allen:
Their rendition of the song in a 1938 Columbia record. (Accompanied by Scott Wood's orchestra)

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General Information

Work Title The Down and Out Blues
Alternative. Title
Composer Mayo, Sam
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ISM 10
Key E-flat major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1938
First Performance. 1938
First Publication. 1938
Librettist Composer
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 3 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voice, piano
Extra Information One of the last songs Mayo wrote before dying. It is an autobiographical song, meant to represent Mayo's experiences after his son sadly died from a long battle of Tuberculosis. Made famous by Flanagan and Allen, who made recordings of said song.