On Your Old Grey Bonnet
composer of Put on
Your Old Grey Bonnet
was Percy Wenrich, one of the foremost composers of his
era. Born in 1880 in Joplin, MO, he grew up during the
period just before the “Gay Nineties” and Tin Pan
Alley first became part of the American scene. As a
youngster, he was tutored in music by his mother, who taught piano. He later attended Chicago Musical College, where
he received his formal musical education.
began composing at an early age, strongly influenced by
the popular music of the day… ragtime. Some of his
more successful ragtime compositions were written
between 1905 and 1911. By 1909 he had married and moved
to New York City, where he became a staff writer for the
well-known Jerome H. Remick publishing house. In that
same year, he wrote one of his best-known pieces of
popular music, which appears as this month’s
on Your Old Grey Bonnet
was an immediate success, selling over two million
copies of sheet music and propelling Wenrich to the top
of the charts. It became a popular song for vaudeville
presentations and is still heard today.
Other tunes of lasting popularity by Wenrich
include Moonlight Bay and
When You Wore a Tulip (and I Wore a Big Red Rose).
Note: This arrangement is in the
key of F, and the dulcimer tuning is in FAC, rather than
DF#A. It can also be played in DF#A tuning, using the
same tab numbers, but you will be playing in the key of
D instead of F.
links to files:
We suggest that even if you have TablEdit or
TefView, you download/listen to the MIDI file too, rather than just the TEF file playback; the MIDI has been enhanced somewhat, to sound more like
the way the piece should be played.
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