Ma Blushin’ Rosie (Ma Posie Sweet)

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composition date
1900
genre
Show
songwriter(s)
John Stromberg
Edgar Smith
related performer(s)
Al Jolson

Picked it up and ran with it

John Stromberg wrote this tune for Bessie Clayton but she never performed it. Later, when Stromberg and Edgar Smith were writing the score for Fay Templeton’s show, Fiddle Dee Dee, they replaced a song with it. With Smith’s lyrics, the song was a great hit at Weber and Fields Music Hall. Jolson picked up the song and sang it at Sunday concerts at the Winter Garden, then went on to record it in 1946. The Decca record sold over a million copies. The song was then featured in Jolson Sings Again with Jolson providing the soundtrack.

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