Edward Harrigan and Tony Hart were a famous comedy team who for two decades held sway over the American stage. They formed a partnership in 1871 and a few years later found them producing their own plays, and running their own theatre. The book and lyrics were written by Harrigan and the extremely catchy melodies came from the fertile pen of Dave Braham, who was musical director of all the shows. A few of their famous songs are listed below.
BABIES ON OUR BLOCK. Wm. A. Pond & Co. New York. 1879
Songs From Harrigan & Hart Great Sensation "The Mulligan Guard Ball." Three songs listed of which this is number two. "Singing At The Hallway Door." "The Babies On Our Block." "The Skidmore Fancy Ball." Words by Edward Harrigan Music by Dave Braham. Figure 4 in diamond. 6 pp., p. 2 blank, adv. on p. 6. Plate Mark 9779-3. Cover and Music Type-set. Lower right margin p. 5: Wm. F. Jones & Co., Music Typographers, 921 Arch St., Philada.
MAGGIE MURPHY'S HOME. Wm. A. Pond & Co. New York. 1890
Song. As Sung in Edward Harrigan New Play entitled "Reilly and The 400." Words by Edward Harrigan. Music by Dave Braham. Figure 4 in ornament. 6 pp., advs. on pp. 2 and 6. Plate Mark 12425-3. Cover and Music Type-set. Lower right margin p. 5: Wm. H. Keyser & Co., 921 Arch Street, Phila., Pa.
MAJOR GILFEATHER. Wm. A. Pond & Co. New York. 1881
Harrigan & Hart New Song "Major Gilfeather." As Sung in the new Play "The Major." Words by Ed. Harrigan. Music by Dave Braham. Also, from the same Play--"Veteran Guard Cadets,""Clara Jenkins' Tea,""Miranda, when we are made one," Duet, "Major Gilfeather." Figure 4 in 5 pointed star. 6 pp., p. 2 blank, adv. on p. 6. Lower right margin p. 5: J. M. Armstrong & Co. Music Typographers, Philadelphia. Plate Mark 10402-3. Cover and Music Type-set.
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Publication information: Book title: Early American Sheet Music:Its Lure and Its Lore, 1768-1889. Contributors: Harry Dichter - Author, Elliott Shapiro - Author. Publisher: R.R. Bowker Co.. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1941. Page number: 134.
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