Possum and Taters (1900)
A Ragtime Feast
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Composer: C.H. Hunter Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 694
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Length: approx. 3 ½ mins.
This is what Hunter had to say about Possum and Taters:
"A happy time for the Darkies in the South after the first severe frost in the Fall. It was then that the Persimmons are full ripe and the 'Possums are all fat. Every Persimmons tree has its 'Possums, so to speak, and 'Possum hunts are of nightly occurrence until the Persimmons are all gone. Sweet potatoes are an invariable, and frequently the only, accompaniment to a 'Possum feast, which is always an occasion for a general gathering and great rejoicing. So the Darkies one and all, from the 'Cornfield Niggah' up to 'Coontown's Four Hundred' are always glad when the good ole time for 'Possums and Taters' has come, and sorry when it's gone. The title was suggested by the composer's having been witness at one of these joyful occasions."
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.
Possum and Taters was published by H.A. French, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
There are also tenor solo and trio versions of this item.
  Composer Sequencer
audiomidi15.gif C.H. Hunter Sakae Watanabe
  Composer Performer Instruments
audiodbemp315.gif C.H. Hunter Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. T/T/T/B/GB(B)
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     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Possum and Taters (1900) C.H. Hunter (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif