This sheet music for the song “Navajo” was written by Harry Williams and composed by Egbert Vanalstyne. The sheet music was published by Shapiro, Remick and Company of New York, New York in 1903 in conjunction with the success of the musical comedy Nancy Brown. The song is parenthetically titled “Navaho, Who is so different from all others” and was sung by Marie Cahill, a very popular vaudeville performer whose full length portrait is on the cover, carrying a handbag with the initials “NB.”

”Navajo” was featured in the Broadway two-act musical, Nancy Brown, with music by Henry K. Hadley, and book and lyrics by George H. Broadhurst and Frederick Ranken. It opened at the Bijou Theatre on February 16, 1903, moved to the Grand Opera House on October 26, 1903, with a run total of 112 performances.

The cover art for this sheet music was made by brothers William Starmer (1872-1957) and Frederick Starmer (1878-1962) Born and raised in England, the brothers moved with their family to New York, William in 1898 and Frederick in 1899. The Starmer Brothers flourished until 1929. William became a U.S. citizen in 1924, while Frederick returned to England in 1929.

Publishing Date: ca 1900

Lyricist: Williams, HarryPerformer: Cahill, MarieComposer: Vanalstyne, EgbertPublisher: Shapiro, Remick and Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

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Credit Line: Gift of C. Malcolm Watkins

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1979.1154.09Accession Number: 1979.1154Catalog Number: 1979.1154.09

Object Name: sheet music

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 27.94 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-d4be-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_663827

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