#241 - Kitty Wells

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  • Composer:
    • The entry for this cob in this Cobography previously gave the date of this song following Bishop's name as “c. 1830”, but this cannot be correct if Bishop was not born until 1835 and indeed composed and wrote the song. In this regard, there is a copy of sheet music for the song in the Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection at the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries & University Museums dated 1858 attributing the song to Charles E. Atherton, three years earlier than a different copy of sheet music for it in the Historic American Sheet Music Collection at Duke University dated 1861 attributing it to Bishop. The lyrics in the two versions are nearly identical and the Bishop lyrics are the ones reproduced below. As to the questionability of Bishop's creation of the song, see also the notes on this cob in “Dutton's Roller Organ Cob Handbook” elsewhere on this website. (Corrected by R.D., 4/5/21)
  • Also known as:
    • Katy Wells
  • Incipit: 534531465534517125345314651354565471
  • Condensed Incipit: 53453146534517125345314651354565471
  • Lyrics:
    • Thomas Brigham Bishop (1835-1905)

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