May Irwin  (1862-1938)
Last updated: 01.05.22
p_irwinm.jpgAccording to Nora Hulse in her 24 Piano Rags, May Irwin was an American entertainer born in Ontario, Canada. Together with her sister Flo sang and played the piano. By 1872 they were performing in the Adelphi theatre in Buffalo, New York. She is said to have been "the first red hot mamma". She enjoyed a long career until 1922 in the course of which she appeared on the New York stage. She is credited with a number of songs but of ragtime interest is her "May Irwin's Ragtime Dance (1906).

Websites:
url15.gif May Irwin Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
May Irwin  (1862-1938) has at least 10 item(s) at the Amazons which you can order on-line by clicking the item's order icon.
May Irwin's Frog Song
Music by: Charles E. Trevathan.
Perf. by: M. Irwin
Publisher: White-Smith Music Publishing Co.
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1896. Sheet Music.
Honey on My Lips Plantation Song
Music by: Charles E. Trevathan.
Words by: Reginald De Koven
Perf. by: M. Irwin
Publisher: White-Smith Music Publishing Co.
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1898. Sheet Music 5 pages.
Dan Song
Music by: May Irwin.
Words by: Earle C. Jones
Publisher: Jos. W. Stern & Co.
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1906. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
Dreaming Song
Music by: May Irwin.
Words by: John E. Hazzard
Publisher: G. W. Setchell
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
  Printed: 1906. Sheet Music 5 pages. Limited Availability.
I'm Worried to Death About That Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: M. Witmark and Sons
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1904. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
Mamie! Come Kiss Your Honey Boy Plantation Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: Chas. Sheard & Co.
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1893. Sheet Music 5 pages. Limited Availability.
Mandy A Plantation Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: Chas. Sheard & Co.
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1894. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
May Irwin's Ragtime Dance - Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: G. W. Setchell
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
  Printed: 1906. Sheet Music 7 pages. Limited Availability.
New Love's Come to Stay, The Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: White-Smith Music Publishing Co.
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1897. Sheet Music 5 pages. Limited Availability.
Taint No Sense in Loving Dat Way Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: M. Witmark and Sons
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1904. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
  Title Instruments/Issue Performers
       
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif May Irwin's Ragtime Dance (1906) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif New Bully (1896), The D/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  MP3 File(s)    
audioextmp315.gif She Borrowed My Only Husband and Forgot to Bring Him Back Edison Gold Moulded Record: 9792 Ada Jones
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif New Bully (1896), The Midi James Pitt-Payne
     Performer CD Title Supplier
       
Folk Music CDs:
cd15.gif Various Performers The High Priestess of Jollity & The Southern Singer flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Nora Hulse 24 Piano Rags by Women flag15us.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE1095 May Irwin's Ragtime Dance (1906) - Two Step Oddity
T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1096 The New Bully (1896) - Two-Step
D/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2 mins.
print-on-demand €9.00 £7.50 $11.75  
     Title Instruments Remarks
       
sm15.gif May Irwin's Ragtime Dance (1906) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif New Bully (1896), The D/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
     Title Attribution Remarks
       
url15.gif I Don't Care to Be Your Lady Friend No More Gus Edwards (music)
Will D. Cobb (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
 
url15.gif Little Bit's a Whole Lot Better Than None at All, A Gus Edwards (music)
Alfred Bryan (words)
F. Duprez (perf.)
M. Irwin (perf.)
 
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
  As performer        
pdf15.gif I Don't Care to Be Your Lady Friend No More (1899) G. Edwards (music)
W.D. Cobb (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1896) B.R. Harney (words & music)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif All Coons Look Alike to Me - Song (1897) E. Hogan (words & music)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Magdaline, My Southern Queen (1900) J.R. Johnson (music)
B. Cole (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Eight Little Letters Make Three Little Words I Love You (1911) T. Snyder (music)
B. Kalmar (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif I Just Can't Help Loving That Man (1902) H. von Tilzer (music)
A.B. Sterling (words)
V. Bryan (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Spanish Coon (1904), The M. Beam (words & music)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif While the Leaves Came Drifting Down H. Nevada (words & music)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Piano, Voice Kirk wvicon.gif
This list is arranged by composer and contains 52 works performed by May Irwin who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m) ER
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
         
perf15.jpg Ma Dandy Soldier Coon (1900) Will Accooe M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark (1907) Egbert A. van Alstyne H.H. Williams (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Hetty King (perf.)
Clarice Vance (perf.)
Della Fox (perf.)
M. Irwin (perf.)
May Vokes (perf.)
Elizabeth M. Murray (perf.)
Billy Murray (perf.)
wvicon.gifaudioextmp315.gif
perf15.jpg In the Shade of the Pyramids - Song (1904) Ernest Roland Ball Cecil Mack (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Spanish Coon (1904), The Mark Beam(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Ragtime Mocking Bird (1912) Irving Berlin(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Dat Aint Nothin' But Talk (1904) Harry Brown(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Albany (1904) Hughie Cannon May Irwin (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg I Love to Two-Step With My Man (1904) Hughie Cannon(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Louisiana Lize (1899) Bob Cole J.W. Johnson (co-author)
Rosamond Johnson (co-author)
M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg I've Been Hoodoo'ed (1895) Gussie Lord Davis John J McNally (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg  I'm Crazy 'bout It! (1905) Shepard N. Edmonds M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg I Don't Care to Be Your Lady Friend No More (1899) Gus Edwards Will D. Cobb (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Little Bit's a Whole Lot Better Than None at All (1908), A Gus Edwards Alfred Bryan (words)
F. Duprez (perf.)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg May Irwin's Pickaninny's Lullaby (1896) Geo W. Gage(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg On the Levee Before the War (1912) Melville J. Gideon Harold Atteridge (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Keep Your Eye on Your Friend Mister Johnson (1898) Jackson Gouraud James T. Powers (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg If You Want to Pick a Fuss Wait Till the Sun Shines (1907) William Hargreaves S. Furth (words)
E P Moran (words)
Maude Raymond (perf.)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1896) Benjamin R. Harney(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Moon-Shine (1906) Silvio Hein Edward Montagu (words)
George V. Hobart (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg All Coons Look Alike to Me - Song (1897) Ernest Hogan(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Mamie! Come Kiss Your Honey Boy (1893) May Irwin(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg  Bible Stories (1904) Al Johns John Lee Clarke (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Magdaline, My Southern Queen (1900) J. Rosamond Johnson Bob Cole (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Ain't Dat Scan'lous (1901) J. Rosamond Johnson M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg Mammy's Carolina Twins (1899) Lee Johnson Josephine Gassman (perf.)
M. Irwin (perf.)
May Howard (perf.)
Minnie Palmer (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg My Orange Colored Yallar Gal (1898) Samuel Lapin M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg Never Raise a Razor Less You Want to Raise a Row (1906) John B. Lowitz John E. Hazzard (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Don't Argify (1907) John B. Lowitz(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Brand-New! (1912) Cecil Mack Chris Smith (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Matrimony (1906) William J. McKenna George V Hobart (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg She Borrowed My Only Husband (1907) William J. McKenna May Irwin (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg If I Only Had a Job (1898) James B. Mullen Webster E Browning (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg  While the Leaves Came Drifting Down (1898) Hattie Nevada(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg I've Waited Honey Waited Long For You (1899) George A. Nichols Ray Bailey (words)
Dave Genaro (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
J.P. Curran (perf.)
Rose Melville (perf.)
Caryl Wilbur (perf.)
Gertrude Mansfield (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Spanish Coon (1904), The George A. Nichols Mark Beam (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Kellys Are at It Again (1913), The Jack Norworth Harry Williams (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg That Todelo Tune (1910) Al Piantadosi M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg He Said He Was a Friend of Mine (1906) Charles Robinson M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg When You Ain't Got No Money (1898) Alfred Baldwin Sloane Clarence S. Brewster (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Arthur Collins (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Now I'se Got Some Money, Well I'm Coming 'rounf (1899) Alfred Baldwin Sloane Frank Sloane (words)
F. Templeton (perf.)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Nobody Has More Trouble Than Me (1905) Chris Smith M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg Ta'int De Kind O' Grub I've Been Gettin' Down Home (1905) Chris Smith M. Irwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg Moses Andrew Jackson, Good-Bye (1906) Ted Snyder Ren Shields (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg  That Opera Rag (1910) Ted Snyder I. Berlin (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Eight Little Letters Make Three Little Words I Love You (1911) Ted Snyder Bert Kalmar (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg I Just Can't Help Loving That Man (1902) Harry von Tilzer Andrew B. Sterling (words)
Vincent Bryan (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Geo. J. Stanley (perf.)
wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg May Irwin's Bully Song (1896) Charles E. Trevathan(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg May Irwin's Frog Song (1896) Charles E. Trevathan(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Crappy Dan (1897) Charles E. Trevathan(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Honey on My Lips (1898) Charles E. Trevathan Reginald De Koven (words)
M. Irwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Buzzin' the Bee (1916) Jack Wells(w&m) M. Irwin (perf.) Pub.
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 13 works by May Irwin (1862-1938). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Mamie! Come Kiss Your Honey Boy (w&m) 1893 M. Irwin (perf.)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Live Humble (w&m) 1894  wvicon.gif
Mandy (w&m) 1894  amazon15.gif Pub.
New Bully, The 1896 arr. Theodore F. Morse  wvicon.gif audiomidi15.gif
My Baby, I'll Go Too 1897  Pub.
New Love's Come to Stay, The (w&m) 1897  amazon15.gif Pub.
I'm Worried to Death About That (w&m) 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Taint No Sense in Loving Dat Way (w&m) 1904  amazon15.gif Pub.
Dan 1906 Earle C. Jones (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dreaming 1906 John E. Hazzard (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
May Irwin's Ragtime Dance 1906  Pub. youtube15.jpg
May Irwin's Ragtime Dance - Song (w&m) 1906  amazon15.gif Pub.
She Borrowed My Only Husband and Forgot to Bring Him Back 1907 William J McKenna (words)
Ada Jones (perf.)
 wvicon.gif audioextmp315.gif
     Title Duration Performer
       
youtube15.jpg May Irwin's Ragtime Dance 2:31 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg May Irwin's Ragtime Dance 2:15 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Matrimony (1907) 3:13 M. Irwin
youtube15.jpg When You Ain't Got No Money (1898) 4:38 M. Irwin
youtube15.jpg Bully Song 3:34 M. Irwin