CHECK THE MNO Index of AMERICA’S Gift below

Christopher Marlow: English playwright who greatly influenced Shakespeare

The young guy above is Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlow, stabbed to death aged 29 in a London pub brawl  in 1593. But why is he in AMERICA’s Gift?

Well, it was Marlow’s play ‘The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus’ that kicked off the selling-your-soul- to-the-devil idea – a concept picked up by fans of Robert Johnson.

But Robert Johnson was by no means the first blues performer to hint of such connections. Tommy Johnson (who you’ll find in the JHK Index post) put it about that he sold his soul to the devil. And before that, Clara Smith recorded ‘Done Sold My Soul To The Devil’ in 1924, a song featured in the DEF Index a few posts earlier.

The AMERICA’S Gift Index M, N and O

Clara Smith: coming up in STU

Ma Black Tulip (song): 111.

Mac the Knife: 268.

Made in Harlem (show): 213.
Make Me A Palate On The Floor (tune): 321.
Maggio, Antonio: 191.
Magnolia Orchestra: 160.
Mahara’s (Colored) Minstrels: 179, 325.
Mahal, Taj: 171.
Mahara, Frank: 186.
Mama’s Got Something I Know You Want It: 239.
Manchester, England: 76.
Manfred Mann (band): 277.
Manhattan: 49.
Manuel Perez’s Imperial Orchestra: 160.
Manic Street Preachers (band): 283.
Maple Leaf Rag: 131.
Marfan’s Syndrome: 282.
Marlow, Christopher: 278.
The first rag published by a black artist (in 1899) to feature the genre rag in its title

Marion County, Welcome to website: 50.

Marsalis, Wynton: 159.
Martin, Coochie: 160.
Martin, Daisy: 217-218, 227, 239.
Martin, George: 302. Martin, Janis: 343.
Martin, Mary: 263.
Martin, Sara: 227-228, 231-232, 235, 239, 252-253, 260.
Martinique: 66, 95. Maryland: 37, 97.
Massoro, Salvador (Eddie Lang): 258.
Massachusetts: 18, 85.
Master Juba (William Lane): 78, 85, 102.
Matthews, Sweetie: 184.
Maucauley’s
Theatre, Louisville: 121.
May and May: 195. Maybelline (song): 355.
May, Butler ‘String Beans’: 184-185, 194-195.
May, Sweetie: 195.
Mayall, John: 277.
McAuliffe, Leo: 235.
McCartney, Paul: 336.

McClennan, Tommy: 300, 312.

Daisy Martin. Apparently sounded too white to be a good blues singer
McCoy, Papa Charlie: 267-268.
McDaniel, Hattie: 233.
McDowell, Mississippi Fred: 335.
McGhee, Brownie: 165, 245, 245, 333, 358-359.
McGhee, Sam: 143.
McKernan, Ron: 282.
McTell, Blind Willie: 333-334, 352.
McTell, Ralph: 165.
Me And The Devil Blues: 275.
Mean Old World: 351, 367.
Melrose, Frank: 298.
Melrose, Lester: 272, 298-305, 308, 312-314, 317, 332, 334, 339-341, 350, 352, 360.
Melrose Sound: 301.
Memphis Minnie: 263, 313, 333, 340.
Memphis Slim: 303, 308, 313-314, 317, 358, 365.
Memphis, Tennessee: 122, 138, 140, 175, 183, 189, 198, 203-204, 227, 263, 265-267, 281, 313, 317-318.
Metropolitan Opera House, New York: 123.

Mexico: 16-18, 26, 55, 91, 94, 226.

mfiles.co.uk: 117.

Robert Johnson covered Milk Cow Blues above as Milk Cow Calf Blues
Midnight Call: 258.
Mildred Fernandez and her Syncopated Syncopators: 216.
Milk Cow (Calf) Blues: 275.
Miller, Ernest ‘Kid Punch’: 254, 329.
Miller, Glenn: 199, 294, 348-349
Miller, Jacob: 283.
Milles, James: 321.
Milton Brown’s Musical Brownies: 290-291.
Missin, Pat: 248.
Mississippi (State): 21, 63, 133, 137, 142, 149, 161, 164, 180, 182-183, 185, 194, 246, 255, 267-268, 275-280, 282, 300, 303, 307, 312, 318, 32o, 326, 335.
Mississippi Blues Trail: 162.
Mississippi Delta: 148, 165, 202, 267, 354.
Mississippi Fred McDowell: 335.
Mississippi John Hurt: 269.
Mississippi River: 63, 98, 138, 140, 156, 190, 205, 255, 318, 327, 329.
Mississippi Riverboat/s: 98, 329.
Mississippi Sarah: 250.

Mississippi Sheiks: 162.

The influential 1930s fiddle and guitar blues band, the Mississippi Sheiks

Mississippi Valley: 67.

Missouri: 98, 102, 131, 172, 191, 253, 263.
Missouri Folklore Society: 98.
Missouri ragtime: 131.
Mixing Them Up in C: 252.
Mobile, Alabama: 94-95, 202, 249.
Mohawk: 286.
Montgomery, Little Brother: 358.
Morgan and Barlow: 240-241.
Morgan, Thomas L: 240-241.
Morganfield, McKinley: 301-302.
Moore & Burgess Minstrels: 87-89.
Moore, Wild Bill: 356, 366.
Monk, Thelonious: 291.
Morocco: 20.
Morrison, Van: 333, 362.
Moses Stokes Troupe: 172.
Moten, Benny: 286, 288-289, 292-293, 347.
Jelly Roll Morton makes many appearances in AMERICA’S Gift

Morton, Jelly Roll: 157, 164, 184-185, 197, 215-216, 225, 242, 244-245, 295, 297-299, 314-315, 319-320, 323-325, 327-328.

Motown Sound: 301.

Mound City Blue Blowers: 258.
Mount Zion Baptist Church, Mississippi: 282.
Move It On Over: 365.
Mozart: 46, 63, 117.
Mr. Crump Blues: 183.
Mr. Interlocutor: 79.
Mr. Johnson’s Blues: 255.
Mr. Johnson, Turn me Loose: 123.
Mudcat, website: 139.
Muir, Peter C: 13, 191.
Mumford, Jefferson ‘Brock’: 133-134, 142, 156.
Mungo (character in play): 27-31.
Muscle Shoals district: 301.
Muscle Shoals Sound: 301.

Museums at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York: 88, 93.

New Orleans and its bands (like King Oliver’s Creole Band above) naturally get many mentions in AMERICA’S Gift

Music Is My Mistress (book): 330.

Music Publishers Protective Association: 218.
My Baby’s Gone: 312.
My Baby Left Me: 360.
My Long Tail Blue: 65.
My Man Blues: 239.
My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll): 227, 357.
My Old Kentucky Home: 82.
Napoleon: 23.
Nashville, Tennessee: 71, 137-138, 143, 184, 309, 342.
Nashville Globe newspaper: 184.
Natchez Under The Hill, Mississippi: 63-64.
National (guitar): 286, 288-289, 317.
National Barn Dance: 342.
National Football League (USA): 297.
Prototype blues played through New York’s nights long before Manhattan’s tall buildings arrived

National Portrait Gallery, London: 12, 41.

NBC: 274, 342.
Nebraska: 205, 293.
Negro Folk Rhymes: 137, 182.
Negro Philosophy (song): 30.
Nellie Bly: 82.
New Jersey: 78, 111, 135, 225.
New Orleans: 7, 23-24, 53, 61, 63, 65-66, 69, 77, 95, 104, 115-116, 131, 150, 153-160, 169, 190-191, 202, 207, 211, 215, 217, 223, 236, 240- 242, 244, 251, 253-254, 290, 292, 295, 298-299, 305, 312, 330, 332, 357, 362, 365-366.
New Orleans Blues: 320.
New Orleans Bee newspaper: 66.
New Orleans Serenaders: 77.
New Mexico: 91.
Newport Jazz Festival: 344.
1st recorded blues vocal was Memphis Blues in 1914. It was performed by the white singer Morton Harvey backed by NY Philharmonic

New York: 13, 26-27, 29, 31-32, 35, 39, 43, 45, 49, 51, 54, 56-59, 61, 64, 71, 74, 78, 79, 81-83, 85-88, 93, 101, 105-107, 112, 122, 124, 127-128, 130-131, 150-151, 153, 168, 173, 184, 194, 199, 201- 203, 205-206,
209, 211-212, 217-218, 223, 227, 231, 233, 241, 250, 258, 270, 273, 290,
297, 315, 322, 327-328, 343, 347, 350-351, 361, 364.

New York Clipper magazine: 101, 122.
New York Dramatic Mirror, trade magazine: 130.
New York Philharmonic Orchestra: 205.
New York Sun: 112.
New York Times newspaper: 49, 54, 58, 86, 122.
New York Tribune newspaper: 83.
Nichols, George: 57-58, 60, 66.
Nigeria/Nigerian: 20.

 

You’ll find this ad for OKeh Records (and more) in AMERICA’S Gift
Niles, Abbe: 142.
Nirvana: 283.
Nixon, Hammie: 317.
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out: 271.
No Coons Allowed: 107, 110.
Noelani Hawaiian Orchestra: 290.
Noone, Jimmy: 332, 340.
Nordoff, Charles: 94-95, 99.
Norfolk Blues: 244.
Normandy, France: 351.
Norton, Virginia: 144.
North Africa: 19-20, 156.
North Carolina: 309, 326, 365.
Northern Ireland/Irish: 333.
Norwegian: 69, 348.
Oahu, Hawaii: 135.
Obama, Barack: 308.
Oberlin College
magazine, Ohio: 95.
Obrecht, Jas: 235-236, 238, 252, 288, 293-294, 341.
Odell, Isaac: 49.
Oden, St. Louis Jimmy: 300.
Oh Daddy: 225-226.
Oh, Hush! Or Life in New York (skit): 56.
Ohio: 67, 93, 95,102, 106, 211, 309, 332, 357.
Ohio Serenaders: 77.
Oh, Suzanna: 82.
Oh, You Beautiful Doll: 201.
OKeh Records: 212-213, 215, 227-228, 231-233, 235-236, 239, 242-244, 247-248, 252, 255, 258, 260, 331.

Old Corn Meal: 65-66.

Guitarist and arranger Eddie Durham poached Count Basie from the Oklahoma City Blue Devils in 1932
Old Dan Tucker: 74.
Old Folks at Home: 82.
Old Rosin the Beau: 65.
Ole Nicker Demus De Ruler Ob De Jews: 107.
OKeh Syncopaters: 233.
Oklahoma City: 189, 198, 288, 293.
Oklahoma City Blue Devils: 288.
Oklahoma (State): 290, 353.
Okra, Ben: 20.
Oliver, Paul: 253.
Oliver, Joe ‘King’: 159, 242, 297-298, 305, 311, 330.
Omaha Blues: 239.
Livery Stable Blues by the ODLJB in 1917 was first jazz record

Omaha, Nebraska: 293.

O’Neil, Jim: 302.
On The Road Again: 268.
One O’ Those Things: 191.
Opera: 28, 31, 75, 89, 94, 111, 219, 278, 297.
Original Dixieland Jazz/Jass Band: 155, 202-203, 207.
Original Jelly Roll Blues: 315.
Ory, Kid: 330.
Ossman, Vess: 168.
Othello: 27, 44.
Over There: 206.
Oxford, England: 11.
Oxford University, England: 13.

“Great. So many stories, some sad, some history. Nice post.” Shelton James, @sheltonjames360 USA 9 Dec 2015.

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