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That Moaning SaxophoneThe Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze$
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Bruce Vermazen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.001.0001

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On the Road with Jack

On the Road with Jack

(p.126) 11 On the Road with Jack
That Moaning Saxophone

Bruce Vermazen

Oxford University Press

From June 1918 until May 1920, the Six Brown Brothers spent most of their time in road tours of Jack o' Lantern, but they continued to record for Victor, and during Jack o' Lantern's 1918 and 1919 summer recesses, they appeared in Florenz Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic. Bert Williams, the great mixed-race comedian who, like Tom Brown, worked in blackface, was one of the Frolic's stars. In December 1918, Percy Brown died in the world epidemic of the so-called Spanish influenza. In 1919, the act began also to record for the Emerson Phonograph Company, and H. A. Waggener gave Tom an 1863 Sax soprano saxophone, which he began to use onstage.

Keywords:   Six Brown Brothers, Jack o' Lantern, Florenz Ziegfeld, Midnight Frolic, Bert Williams, Percy Brown, Spanish influenza, Emerson Phonograph Company, H. A. Waggener

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