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Artist: Arthur Collins
Author: Alexander Rogers/Bert Williams
Label: Edison
Year: 1905

"The story of a coon for whom nobody does nothing, therefore he does nothing for nobody". Minstrel star, best known for his duets with Byron Harlan (see: Put Your Arms Around Me Honey).

Covers:

1906:

Bert Williams [signature song of this singer & actor from the Bahamas who made it in the States in minstrel shows]

1964:

Nina Simone

1978:

Ry Cooder [with the Golden Gate Quartet]

1997:

Mary Coughlan

2000:

Johnny Cash

2002:

Ukulele Club de Paris [as Personne]

Bert Williams was a black writer & performer in the blackfaced minstrel circuit, who had to blacken his face and whiten his lips just like the white musicians. Success and stardom were two different things for a black entertainer a century ago. He couldn't even order a drink at the bar of the theater he sold out daily. He was the first black accepted in the actors union, inducted by W.C. Fields.

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