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Additional title: Salute your partners all hands round with a ha, ha, ha, ha. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Together for a frolic we're assembled, as jolly boys adn girls to pass an evening gay. [first line]
Hoffmann, Max (1873-1963) (Composer)
Hoffmann, Max (1873-1963) (Lyricist)
Spencer, Attie (Singer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1897

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1897
Date Issued: 1897
Place: New York ; Chicago
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
Poor African Americans
Social dancing -- 19th century
Content: On cover: Introduced by Miss Attie Spencer. Also sung with great success by DeHaven and Mai. Coon song and refrain.
Content: Cover includes a photograph of a young man and woman, possibly DeHaven and Mai.
Content: Spelling of composer's name on cover: Max Hoffman.
Content: Summary: The narrator encourages African American men and women to come dance the Bombashay and enjoy socializing.
Statement of responsibility: song by Max Hoffman.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): de129d20-c591-012f-33ed-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1873: Creator Born
  • 1897: Issued
  • 1963: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Bom-Ba-Shay" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897 - 1897.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Bom-Ba-Shay" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 29, 2020.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1897 - 1897). Bom-Ba-Shay Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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