“Newspaper files in the Twin Cities reveal frequent and insistent testimonies of oldtimers that “Dixie” was first sung to Russ Munger and that Munger asked Emmett to present it in a show at the old Ingersoll Hall on Wabasha Street between Second Street and Kellogg Blvd.” This was probably an earlier version of the song. “Marriage of the Midgets, or Tom Thumb’s Wedding” was the entertainment at Excelsior Town Hall on November 11, 1921.Other experts claim that the song was written the next year, when Emmett returned to New York City and joined Dan and Jerry Bryant’s Minstrels. LIQUOR PATROL LIMITS In 1884 the City of Minneapolis created geographic zones where liquor could be served. composed the “University Two-Step” in 1897, dedicated to the faculty and students of the U of M. The Minnetonka Record promised “One hundred laughs a minute.” The cast included 20 boys and 40 girls, ages three to nine years.Dan asked Emmett to write a “walkaround’ or “hooray” number for the next show – something catchy that people would whistle in the street. The so-called “Liquor Patrol Limits” were primarily downtown and part of northeast. The performance was interspersed with songs, such as Grandmother Thumb singing “I Can Not Sing the Old Songs,” Grandpa singing “Silver Threads Among the Gold,” the cousins with “O Promise Me” and “I Love You Truly.” The performance was sponsored by the Congregational Aid Society.
It was sung by Miss Susan Denin and “the audience immediately lost its collective mind.” Emmett told conflicting stories of the origin of the song, but shortly before his death in 1904 he told: On Saturday night Dan Bryant requested me to write a walkaround for the following week. Paul, Minn.” What’s interesting is that the second page has “figures in full for dancing,” as taught by Prof. The Liquor Limits went into abeyance during Prohibition, and when liquor was legal again in 1933 the limits were temporarily loosened. The song was dedicated to George Oscar Bowen and the Mendelssohn Club.
The time allotted me was unreasonably short, but, notwithstanding, I went to my hotel and tried to think out something suitable. Then, rather than disappoint Bryant, I searched through my trunk and resurrected the manuscript of “I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Lane,” which I had written years before. During that time, 37 liquor licenses were granted outside the Liquor Limits, snapped up by mobsters Kid Cann and Tommy Banks. The earliest photo I found of a dance hall in the ‘Cities was the Mazurka Hall at Third and Exchange in St. It appears that it was included in a 1925 compilation of Lieurance’s Indian songs.
I changed the tempo and rewrote some of the verses, and in all likelihood, if Dan Bryant had not made that hurry-up request, “Dixie” never would have been brought out. Another Minnesota number from 1921 was “Minnie from Minnesota,” a one step, fox trot ballad. “As Refreshing as the North Wind – As Magnetic as the North Star” Although Chenette was apparently from Eveleth, this sheet music is fun because it has a page that introduces a “New Novel Movement in Dancing” called SWAYING.
A tune called “Minnesota Cadet Lancers” was written by Lawrence Schaich in 1883. “Also every amusing and effective where the audience is seated, in the Parlor, Theater, etc.” “SWAYING” is more fun than the Shimmy – Swing It – Sway It – Dance It – Play It.
Grey headed lads and lassies and lads with wide, smooth “boulevards” prominent when their heads were uncovered, who had not “mixed” for years and whose feet had not been “shook” for so long that a specie of “hesitation” was apparent early in the evening, finally warmed to the fun and when quitting time came still stayed on for another hour of pleasure and enjoyment. There will be no “youngsters” there to offend you with the “boll wiggle weavel,” the “honey bug” or any of the rest of those new fangled “aggravations,” for the unmarried kiddies are all barred.