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date: 20 November 2019

Botsford, George locked

  • Richard Zimmerman
  • , revised by Maristella Feustle

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(b Sioux Falls, SD, Feb 24, 1874; d New York, NY, Feb 11, 1949). American popular composer and arranger. Raised in Iowa, Botsford published his first copyrighted work, “The Katy Flyer,” in 1899, marking the beginning of a prolific writing and publishing career, particularly in the two decades that followed. Shortly after “The Katy Flyer,” he moved to New York, and composed a number of moderately successful songs in his first years there. His best known compositions appeared between 1908 and 1916, starting with the wildly popular “Black and White Rag” (1908), followed by the “Grizzly Bear Rag” (1910), which attained even greater popularity when Irving Berlin wrote lyrics for it, and “Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay” (1913). Other titles from this period include the “Klondike Rag” (1908), “Pianophiends Rag” (1909), “Texas Steer” (1909), “Honeysuckle Rag” (...

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