Down in Mobile (1904)
March Characteristic
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Composer: H.P. Guy Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T+A/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 723
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Length: approx. 3¼ mins. Sounds best with the 2nd tenor doubled.
Down in Mobile is a pleasant jog-along march characterised by close harmony offset with gay two-bar solos. Clearly intended to be a light-hearted affair, its form is AABACDB with a 4-bar introduction and a 2-bar interlude between the C- and D-strains. The following lyrics are provided for the first 8 bars of the B-strain:

Down in Mobile, down in Mobile, how I love dat pretty yaller gal, down in Mobile.

The C-strain is based on the gospel John Brown's Body and is rudely terminated by the 2-bar interlude scored STEAMBOAT WHISTLE. Great fun indeed!
Down in Mobile was published by Shapiro, Remick & Co., Detroit & New York, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
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youtube15.jpg Down in Mobile (2:26) Ragtime Dorian Henry