|Publisher:||Ditty Box Enterprises||Publication:||DBE 475|
Length: approx. 2 ½ mins. Sounds best if the 1st tenor is doubled.
The title of the original sheet music for Bowery Buck is engagingly prefixed thus: The most original "Rag-time" piece ever written. Well the publishers were not especially shy in those days in proclaiming there products. But fair enough, Scott Joplin had only just written or was just writing his Maple Leaf Rag (1899) (DBE 024) and had not then produced his masterpieces. Meanwhile James Sylvester Scott and Joseph F. Lamb were still growing up. What with the delightful runs for the melody voices and the instrument alternation for the 1st bass (to descant!!) this is a fine rag and very much a fun piece to play. Bowery Buck was arranged by D.S. De Lisle and Turpin respectfully dedicated this piece to his friend, E.J. Morgan. By the way, Buck could have meant variously: a fashionable young man, a male deer or Negro slave, the lowest rank (as in buck private) or the mighty dollar. Take your pick!
Bowery Buck was published by Will Rossiter, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A tempo of 78 crotchets/min. is suggested.