B-side of Cinderella Blues. Introduced by Ada Overton Walker in black vaudeville show His Honor The Barber (1911) as That's Why They Call Me Shine. First published in 1910 with Gotham Attucks, the first black owned music publishing company. Owner Richard McPherson (alias Cecil Mack) mostly wrote for black vaudeville stars as Bert Williams and George Walker (Ada's husband). He also added words to James P. Johnson's The Charleston (see there).
Billy Jones [on Regal]
Vernons [in England, where blackfaced minstrelsy ruled in vaudeville]
Bart & John Firman [idem]
Dallas String Band [with Coley Jones]
Dooley Wilson [in film Casablanca]
Lyrics inspired by an actual person, Kid Shine, a friend of George Walker and a victim of a New York City race riot in 1900. It also refers to shiny black faces in Black & White Minstrel Shows. At the end of the coon song era, when blacks no longer could be ridiculed in song since they became so crucial in the orchestras, the spoken intro was dropped. Ry Cooder picked that up again.