Why Don't My Dreams Come True? by The Versatile Three -- Sheet Music, 1923

By: Patten, George E. and John A. Flood (English Version: Jos. Geo. Gilbert)

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Pink wraps with black titles and B&W photograph of The Versatile Three. This copy has wear on edges, corners and surfaces and general aging. Three very thin, older strips of tape are on the interior gutter for reinforcement. Overall this copy is in G+ condition. Why Don't My Dreams Come True was composed by George E. Patten with Lyrics by John A. Flood. It was copyrighted in 1923. Of more interest, are the singers,The Versatile Three. This American trio was quite popular in England and had some success in the US. Gus Haston, a banjo player, had originally formed The Versatile Three as a string band in 1914 with Anthony Tuck and Charles Wenzel Millas. Charles Wesley Johnson soon joined to make them The Versatile Four. Johnson soon returned to America and the group again became The Versatile Three. They played England , Australia and continental Europe for many years. A newspaper article from the 1920's says that the Prince of Wales occasionally sat in with them on the drums. The group played mainly played a kind of ragtime on string instruments that did not keep up with the jazz that was developing in America. Eventually, the group disbanded. The photograph on the front is one of several from a photography session in England. From left to right in the photograph are Haston, Mills and Tuck. Thia group is mentioned several times in Tim Brooks' Lost Sounds and a CD of all their recordings is available. Like many of the mostly forgotten African-American musicians of the late 19th and early 20th century, The Versatile Three could not break into the American music scene because of racial issues. They chose to play in Europe instead. This sheet music is a nice artefact of their existence. ; B&W Photograph; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 4 pages

Title: Why Don't My Dreams Come True? by The Versatile Three -- Sheet Music, 1923

Author Name: Patten, George E. and John A. Flood (English Version: Jos. Geo. Gilbert)

Categories: Music,

Publisher: London, Laurence Wright: 1923

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Good+

Seller ID: 15671

Keywords: Music Jazz Ragtime Popular Music African - American Black Negro Paper Sheet Music