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Tin Pan Alley

Musical scores published by various NY publishers.Created by: NYPL's Public Domain ArchiveDated: 1915
I don't want to be in Dixie
Tin Pan Alley originally referred to a specific place: West 28th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in the Flower District of Manhattan. It was the location of New York City music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

In the mid-19th century, copyright control of melodies was not as strict, and publishers would often print their own versions of the songs popular at the time. With stronger copyright protection laws late in the century, songwriters, composers, lyricists, and publishers started working together for their mutual financial benefit. Songwriters would literally bang on the doors of Tin Pan Alley businesses to get new material.

The start of Tin Pan Alley is usually dated to about 1885, when a number of music publishers set up shop in the same district of Manhattan. The end of Tin Pan Alley is less clear cut. Some date it to the start of the Great Depression in the 1930s when the phonograph, radio, and motion pictures supplanted sheet music as the driving force of American popular music, while others consider Tin Pan Alley to have continued into the 1950s when earlier styles of music were upstaged by the rise of rock & roll, which was centered on the Brill Building.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, 1882, "tin pan" was slang for "a decrepit piano" (1882), and the term came to mean a "hit songwriting business" by 1907.

The biggest music houses established themselves in New York City, but small local publishers – often connected with commercial printers or music stores – continued to flourish throughout the country, and there were important regional music publishing centers in Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Boston. When a tune became a significant local hit, rights to it were usually purchased from the local publisher by one of the big New York firms.
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Come to the land of the Argentine
Prunella mine
Harem life : (outside of that every little thing's all right)
Shimmee town
The naked truth
Come along : (I'm through with worrin')
Bumble bee
Alice in wonderland
Beatrice Barefacts
I'm after Madame Tetrazzini's job
Black berryin' to-day
Simple melody
In Florida among the palms
My yellow jacket girl
The fringe of society
Falling star
Row, row, row
At Mammy's fireside
My raggyadore
Molly dear, it's you I'm after
Babes in the wood
Gypsy blues
The duchess of the table d'hote
Down old harmony way
The music of love : valse-song
Show us how to do the fox trot
My yellow jacket girl
If I find the girl
Too-re-loo-re : a French pavane
Vilia : song
Heaven will protect the working girl : (a burlesque ballad)
Bumble bee
Beautiful girl
There was a time
At the ball, that's all
I'm craving for that kind of love : (kiss me)
The waltz of long ago
Gypsy blues
The Spaniard that blighted my life
The last part of ev'ry party : fox trot song
My rambler rose
Ziegfeld follies 1916 : selection
Barney O'Flynn
The Montenegrian patrol : song
Dear, I love you so
St ring a ring of roses 'round your Rosie
I'll be a Santa Claus to you
Shimmee baby : song
Climbing up the scale
When I found you
Alice in wonderland
Shuffle along : selection
Alice in wonderland
Ramona : Alessandro's love song to Ramona
Put your arms around me, honey (I never knew any girl like you)
Borrow from me
Isle d'amour : (isle of love)
On the honeymoon express
When the ships come home
O-hi-o : o-my!-o!
I hold her hand and she holds mine : ain't nature grand?
The Bowery
Always leave them laughing when you say good-bye
My hero
Good-bye my tango : (New York what's the matter with you)
The moving man
There's rag time in the air
My arabian maid
That's the kind of a baby for me
Sophie : I go so far with Sophie and Sophie goes so far with me
I've lost my teddy bear
I wo nder who's kissing her now
Cake walk from the Follies of 1911
Our home town
Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean
Before and after
Give us a fleet : act III
Fraidy cat
I love her Oh! Oh! Oh!
Beautiful beautiful bed
Ziegfeld follies 1916 : selection
Any old time at all
Love will find a way
Too-re-loo-re : a French pavane
My yellow jacket girl
My yellow jacket girl
Truly, truly!
Don't go in the water daughter
The right church but the wrong pew
Falling in love
Give me the Hudson shore
Good-bye boys
Alice in wonderland
I want to learn to "jazz" dance
Give my regards to Broadway
A typical tune of Zanzibar : ditty from "El capitan"/ words by Charles Klein ; music by John Philip Sousa.
I'm a poor unhappy maid

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