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Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet  






Composer: Percy Wenrich

Arr. Merv Rowley



The 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.


He 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 selection. Put 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.



 Download links to files:


Grey Bonnet.pdf


Grey Bonnet.MID 


Grey Bonnet.tef






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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