Honey Boy Evans

Today is the birthday of George “Honey Boy” Evans (1870-1915), Welsh-born minstrel man and co-author of the song “In the Good Old Summertime”, among countless others. He is also famous for introducing W.C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues” to the public. Here’s Billy Murray’s version of the Honey Boy’s best known tune:

To learn more about the roots of variety entertainmentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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