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Thread #163299   Message #3895081
Posted By: Jackaroodave
21-Dec-17 - 06:09 AM
Thread Name: Jingle Bells Originally Performed in Minstrel Show
Subject: RE: Jingle Bells Originally Performed in Minstrel Show
Ray,

As noted above, Kyna Hamill refuted the Atlanta Thanksgiving claim by discovering a playbill listing its performance by Johnny Pell, a member of the blackface minstrel group, Ordway's Aeolians, on September 15, 1857, at Ordway's Theater in Boston. Her original intention in researching the song was to settle the dispute between Atlanta and Medford, Mass., about the site of its composition.