Music: Veep's Waltz

In the welter of pop music last week, a song called It's All in the Game was beginning to get attention. The credit line on its record label read simply "Sigman-Dawes." Lyricist Carl Sigman's sentimental lines were the standard drippy stuff, but the lilting waltz tune had an unusually fresh, clean sound. Its composer: the late Charles G. ("Hell 'n Maria") Dawes, Chicago banker, amateur musician, and Vice President of the U.S. in the Coolidge Administration.

Charlie Dawes never studied composition ("My parents were afraid I might become a musician"), but he managed to work up one piece for violin called...

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