Benjamin Russel Hanby
The song "'Ole Shady' or the Song of the Contraband," composed by Benjamin Russel Hanby, was published in 1861. It is 6 pages long and measures 10" by 13.5" (25.4 by 34.29 cm). Composer Benjamin Russel.
Benjamin Russel Hanby
The occurrence which prompted this song actually occurred recently in a city of California. Some nineteen abandoned inebriates had been for days and nights together carousing in a fireman's club house until delirium tremens ensued. As soon as reason began to return, one of them stung, with feeling of deep self reproach, declared his intention never to drink another drop, and urged his comrads to join him. His proposition was heartily agreed to, and a league was formed which from that day to the present has rapidly increased in its membership ‘till it now numbers several thousand staunch confederates.
Benjamin Russell Hanby
According to William Studwell in The Christmas Carol Reader, "Up on the House Top" was the second-oldest secular Christmas song, outdone only by "Jingle Bells", which was written in 1857 (although the latter was originally intended as a Thanksgiving song). It is also considered the first Yuletide song to focus primarily on Santa Claus. In fact, according to Readers Digest Merry Christmas Song Book, Hanby was the first to offer up the idea that Santa and his sleigh land on the roof of homes.
Benjamin Russell Hanby was born in 1833 near Rushville, Ohio, the son of a minister involved with the Underground Railroad. During his short life, he wrote some 80 songs before dying of tuberculosis in 1867. Other than "Up on the House Top" his best-known song is "Darling Nelly Gray".
Performance in December 2014 by the a cappella student group Ottertuned. Their version commemorates the 150th anniversary of Benjamin Hanby's composition. Members include Tim Andrews,Sammie Becker, Lane Conley, Benjamin Graber, Kristin Gramza, Michael Grimm, Allison Hunter, Katie Jump, Alyx Lynham, Austin Miller, Victoria Morin, Koryn Naylor, Kaitlin Steinour and Adam Sullivan.
A collection of scores and recordings from compositions by Benjamin Hanby, Ohio composer, abolitionist, and Otterbein University 1858 graduate.
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