Bone-Head Blues (1917)
Last updated: 28.08.18
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Composer: G.L. Cobb Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Sextet A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1107
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Length: approx. 3½ mins.
Bone-Head Blues is a fine composition is in AABBACC form with a 4-bar introduction and a 12-bar interlude preceding the final C-strain whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively.
It is pure conjecture but quite possible that this piece was inspired by one Bob "Bonehead" Billings, a Swedish baseball twirler who was notorious for his failing to understand instructions resulting in match losses from winning positions much to the ire of his manager and team-mates. He was cured however when it was discovered that if a ragtime band was playing, he would be transformed into a winner who could not put a foot wrong. The story by Peter Frank Meyer was told in Axel W. Christensen 's Ragtime Review, November, 1916
Bone-Head Blues was published in The Tuneful Yankee by Walter Jacobs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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