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“My Mammy”

“My Mammy”

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Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “My Mammy, The Sun Shines East-The Sun Shines West.” The lyrics were written by Joe Young and Sam Lewis and the music was composed by Walter Donaldson. The song was published by Irving Berlin, Inc. in 1918. The cover features a framed photo of Al Jolson in the center with floral arrangements on either side, and notes that Al Jolson sang it in the Broadway show “Sinbad.”
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Object Name
sheet music
date made
Young, Joe
Donaldson, Walter
Jolson, Al
Lewis, Sam M.
Irving Berlin, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 12 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 31.115 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Janice Plowman
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Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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