Music: Tragedy Songs

A grim part of the U. S. songwriting industry has long been the swift jump to record great tragedies and the eager wait for the profits therefrom. A catalog of such news songs would include: The Wreck of the Old 97, The Death of Floyd Collins, The Hall-Mills Case, Little Marion Parker, The Wreck of the Shenandoah, The Sinking of the Vestris. Last month, day after Will Rogers and Wiley Post crashed in Alaska, Songwriter Freddie Rose (Red Hot Mamma) whipped out pieces on that disaster, passed...

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