May Irwin  (1862-1938)
Last updated: 10.10.21
p_irwinm.jpgAccording to Nora Hulse in her 24 Piano Rags, May Irwin was an American entertainer born in Ontario, Canada. Together with her sister Flo sang and played the piano. By 1872 they were performing in the Adelphi theatre in Buffalo, New York. She is said to have been "the first red hot mamma". She enjoyed a long career until 1922 in the course of which she appeared on the New York stage. She is credited with a number of songs but of ragtime interest is her "May Irwin's Ragtime Dance (1906).

Websites:
url15.gif May Irwin Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
May Irwin  (1862-1938) has at least 10 item(s) at the Amazons which you can order on-line by clicking the item's order icon.
Honey on My Lips Plantation Song
Music by: Charles E. Trevathan.
Words by: Reginald De Koven
Perf. by: M. Irwin
Publisher: White-Smith Music Publishing Co.
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Printed: 1898. Sheet Music 5 pages.
May Irwin's Frog Song
Music by: Charles E. Trevathan.
Perf. by: M. Irwin
Publisher: White-Smith Music Publishing Co.
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Printed: 1896. Sheet Music.
Dan Song
Music by: May Irwin.
Words by: Earle C. Jones
Publisher: Jos. W. Stern & Co.
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Printed: 1906. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
Dreaming Song
Music by: May Irwin.
Words by: John E. Hazzard
Publisher: G. W. Setchell
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  Printed: 1906. Sheet Music 5 pages. Limited Availability.
I'm Worried to Death About That Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: M. Witmark and Sons
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Printed: 1904. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
Mamie! Come Kiss Your Honey Boy Plantation Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: Chas. Sheard & Co.
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Printed: 1893. Sheet Music 5 pages. Limited Availability.
Mandy A Plantation Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: Chas. Sheard & Co.
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Printed: 1894. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
May Irwin's Ragtime Dance - Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: G. W. Setchell
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  Printed: 1906. Sheet Music 7 pages. Limited Availability.
New Love's Come to Stay, The Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: White-Smith Music Publishing Co.
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Printed: 1897. Sheet Music 5 pages. Limited Availability.
Taint No Sense in Loving Dat Way Song
Words and Music by: May Irwin.
Publisher: M. Witmark and Sons
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Printed: 1904. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
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Folk Music CDs:
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Ragtime Music CDs:
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Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE1095 May Irwin's Ragtime Dance (1906) - Two Step Oddity
T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1096 The New Bully (1896) - Two-Step
D/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2 mins.
print-on-demand €9.00 £7.50 $11.75  
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sm15.gif May Irwin's Ragtime Dance (1906) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif New Bully (1896), The D/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
May Irwin
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url15.gif I Don't Care to Be Your Lady Friend No More Gus Edwards (music)
Will D. Cobb (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Little Bit's a Whole Lot Better Than None at All, A Gus Edwards (music)
Alfred Bryan (words)
F. Duprez (perf. by)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
 
     Title Performer Comments
       
audio15.gif She Borrowed My Only Husband and Forgot to Bring Him Back Ada Jones at USCB
This list is arranged by composer and contains 48 songs sung by May Irwin who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m) ER
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sm15.gif Ma Dandy Soldier Coon (1900) Will Accooe M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark (1907) Egbert A. van Alstyne H.H. Williams (words)
Ella Retford (perf. by)
Hetty King (perf. by)
Clarice Vance (perf. by)
Della Fox (perf. by)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
May Vokes (perf. by)
Elizabeth M. Murray (perf. by)
Billy Murray (perf. by)
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sm15.gif In the Shade of the Pyramids - Song (1904) Ernest Roland Ball Cecil Mack (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Spanish Coon (1904), The Mark Beam(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Ragtime Mocking Bird (1912) Irving Berlin(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Dat Aint Nothin' But Talk (1904) Harry Brown(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Albany (1904) Hughie Cannon May Irwin (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif I Love to Two-Step With My Man (1904) Hughie Cannon(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Louisiana Lize (1899) Bob Cole J.W. Johnson (co-author)
Rosamond Johnson (co-author)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif I've Been Hoodoo'ed (1895) Gussie Lord Davis John J McNally (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif  I'm Crazy 'bout It! (1905) Shepard N. Edmonds M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif I Don't Care to Be Your Lady Friend No More (1899) Gus Edwards Will D. Cobb (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif Little Bit's a Whole Lot Better Than None at All (1908), A Gus Edwards Alfred Bryan (words)
F. Duprez (perf. by)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif On the Levee Before the War (1912) Melville J. Gideon Harold Atteridge (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Keep Your Eye on Your Friend Mister Johnson (1898) Jackson Gouraud James T. Powers (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif If You Want to Pick a Fuss Wait Till the Sun Shines (1907) William Hargreaves S. Furth (words)
E P Moran (words)
Maude Raymond (perf. by)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1896) Benjamin R. Harney(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Moon-Shine (1906) Silvio Hein Edward Montagu (words)
George V. Hobart (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif All Coons Look Alike to Me - Song (1897) Ernest Hogan(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Mamie! Come Kiss Your Honey Boy (1893) May Irwin(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Bible Stories (1904) Al Johns John Lee Clarke (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif  Ain't Dat Scan'lous (1901) J. Rosamond Johnson M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif Magdaline, My Southern Queen (1900) J. Rosamond Johnson Bob Cole (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif My Orange Colored Yallar Gal (1898) Samuel Lapin M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif Don't Argify (1907) John B. Lowitz(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Never Raise a Razor Less You Want to Raise a Row (1906) John B. Lowitz John E. Hazzard (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Brand-New! (1912) Cecil Mack M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif Matrimony (1906) William J. McKenna George V Hobart (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif She Borrowed My Only Husband (1907) William J. McKenna May Irwin (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif If I Only Had a Job (1898) James B. Mullen Webster E Browning (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif While the Leaves Came Drifting Down (1898) Hattie Nevada(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif I've Waited Honey Waited Long For You (1899) George A. Nichols Ray Bailey (words)
Dave Genaro (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
J.P. Curran (perf. by)
Rose Melville (perf. by)
Caryl Wilbur (perf. by)
Gertrude Mansfield (perf. by)
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sm15.gif  Spanish Coon (1904), The George A. Nichols Mark Beam (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Kellys Are at It Again (1913), The Jack Norworth Harry Williams (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif That Todelo Tune (1910) Al Piantadosi M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif He Said He Was a Friend of Mine (1906) Charles Robinson M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif Now I'se Got Some Money, Well I'm Coming 'rounf (1899) Alfred Baldwin Sloane Frank Sloane (words)
F. Templeton (perf. by)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif When You Ain't Got No Money (1898) Alfred Baldwin Sloane Clarence S. Brewster (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
Arthur Collins (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Nobody Has More Trouble Than Me (1905) Chris Smith M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif Ta'int De Kind O' Grub I've Been Gettin' Down Home (1905) Chris Smith M. Irwin (perf. by)
sm15.gif Eight Little Letters Make Three Little Words I Love You (1911) Ted Snyder Bert Kalmar (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Moses Andrew Jackson, Good-Bye (1906) Ted Snyder Ren Shields (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif That Opera Rag (1910) Ted Snyder I. Berlin (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif  Crappy Dan (1897) Charles E. Trevathan(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Honey on My Lips (1898) Charles E. Trevathan Reginald De Koven (words)
M. Irwin (perf. by)
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sm15.gif May Irwin's Bully Song (1896) Charles E. Trevathan(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif May Irwin's Frog Song (1896) Charles E. Trevathan(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Buzzin' the Bee (1916) Jack Wells(w&m) M. Irwin (perf. by) wvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 13 works by May Irwin (1862-1938). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Mamie! Come Kiss Your Honey Boy (w&m) 1893 M. Irwin (perf. by)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Live Humble (w&m) 1894  wvicon.gif
Mandy (w&m) 1894  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
New Bully, The 1896 arr. Theodore F. Morse  wvicon.gif
My Baby, I'll Go Too 1897  wvicon.gif
New Love's Come to Stay, The (w&m) 1897  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
I'm Worried to Death About That (w&m) 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Taint No Sense in Loving Dat Way (w&m) 1904  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dan 1906 Earle C. Jones (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Dreaming 1906 John E. Hazzard (words)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
May Irwin's Ragtime Dance 1906  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
May Irwin's Ragtime Dance - Song (w&m) 1906  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
She Borrowed My Only Husband and Forgot to Bring Him Back 1907 William J McKenna (words)
Ada Jones (perf. by)
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     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
           
youtube15.jpg May Irwin's Ragtime Dance 2:31 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Irwin 
youtube15.jpg May Irwin's Ragtime Dance 2:15 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Irwin  May Irwin's Ragtime Dance (1906)
youtube15.jpg Matrimony (1907) 3:13 May Irwin W.J. McKenna 
youtube15.jpg When You Ain't Got No Money (1898) 4:38 May Irwin A.B. Sloane 
youtube15.jpg Bully Song 3:34 May Irwin C.E. Trevathan