Smoky Sam (1898)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: R.M. Stults Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 603
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Length: approx. 4 mins. Sounds best with the 1st tenor doubled.
Smoky Sam is a fine syncopated cakewalk with simple, charming "folksy" melodies, nice touches and has a clear lyrical character. Its form is AABBACCDDEE with a 4-bar introduction and a 2-bar interlude between the A and CC strains. The final E strain (bars 87-102) is provided with the following lyrics:

He is a coon the wenches all admire. He is so warm you'd think he was on fire.
He comes from way down South in Alabam'. This king of mashers, Smoky Sam.

The melodies are shared in this adaptation for recorder ensemble by the treble, 1st tenor and yes, even both bass voices, all of which help make it a fun piece for performers and audiences alike. The whole could be enhanced if someone could be found to sing the lyrics.
Smoky Sam was published by M.D. Swisher, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.