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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.

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Object Name
sheet music
publishing date
ca 1900
Williams, Harry
Cahill, Marie
Vanalstyne, Egbert
Shapiro, Remick and Company
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of C. Malcolm Watkins
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