[78-L] Music’s Power to Evoke Memory in “Alive Inside” Documentary | Re/code
kil at roadrunner.com.invalid
Tue Aug 26 22:32:31 PDT 2014
Interesting article, but it shouldn't surprise.
I remember a story about the song MY MELANCHOLY BABY from about a century
ago that relates to this subject.
This quote is from Wikipedia....
"My Melancholy Baby" is a popular song published in 1912 and first sung
publicly by William Frawley. The music was written by Ernie Burnett, the
lyrics by George A. Norton.
In 1912, William Frawley—who later played Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy—was the
first person to perform the song publicly, in the Mozart Cafe, 1647 Curtis
Street in Denver, Colorado. Frawley told this story during a May 3, 1965,
appearance on the TV game show I've Got a Secret.
"Ernie Burnett, who composed the music, was wounded fighting in the First
World War, and he lost his memory together with his identity dog-tags. While
recuperating in hospital, a pianist entertained the patients with popular
tunes including "Melancholy Baby". Burnett rose from his sickbed and
exclaimed: "That's my song!" He had regained his memory."
You can believe it or not. It is Wikipedia. If true, I wish we had more
details. Who was the pianist? Where was the hospital? What happened for
the rest of Burnett's life? He did live until 1959.
This story deals with pop tunes oa the past, a subject of some mild
interet to this group.
Perhaps some here can relate.
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