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The Song; My Melancholy Baby

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The minute the song began, Ernie Burnett jumped to his feet and shouted: "HEY!   THAT'S MY SONG!

 

And that was the way soldier Ernie Burnett recovered his identity.

 

I have always played this song in my shows and related Ernie's WW I story.   Which brings us to the final bizarre part of this tale.

 

A number of years ago, I was presenting a program and told Ernie's story to my senior audience.   When the program was over, I was packing up my instruments when a little and very old woman came up to me and said:

 

"My uncle told me that story"a long time ago, and he said that he was there when it happened.

 

Well, take that for what it's worth. It may not have been true.*   ( But it's a helluva tag line!)

 

*   Not only that, it may have been apocryphal!

 

 

 

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I have spent a long and interesting life involved in music, as a performer (piano,) educator (at every level from elementary to graduate school,) solo pianist, bandleader, composer/songwriter; entertainer, storyteller and humorist. In my final (more...)
 
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