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JJ Lyr Req: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (...a pawnshop... (26) RE: Word to Pawnshop in Pittsburg 21 Aug 07


There used to be a pawnshop on the corner of Federal and ?, just south of the railroad overpass, near where I lived on the North Side about 55 years ago. I liked to think it was the one that inspired Bob Merrill, although what he might have been doing in Pittsburgh I have no idea.

There is a statue of Stephen Foster in Okalnad, in that area that's more or less the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. It was designed by a committee and looks it.

One interpretation of this piece of sculpture is that Foster, notebook in hand, is being inspired by a tune being played on the banjo by an aging gentleman of African-American extraction.

Another is that he's stealing a song from a slave.

But perhaps these are topics for another thread...


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