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Music Merriment Program


During the months of March, April and May in 2009
there was a series
held at the Stoughton Public Library,
in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

The source for this series was Stephen Puleo's fascinating book,

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
(Beacon Press, Boston, 2004)

One of these programs was
presented by
Roger Lee Hall, whose topic was titled,

"Runnin' Wild: Molasses and Music Merriment"

Roger Lee Hall is a music preservationist
author of several books on popular songs,

A Guide to Film Music - Songs and Scores

A Guide to George Gershwin

Remembering Radio: Great Songwriters and Singers

Roger's program used popular songs to trace the years of the Dark Tide book.

The program included vintage recordings from that era, including a rare recording of Scott Joplin playing his popular "Maple Leaf Rag"; George Gershwin playing his first hit song, "Swanee" (also sung by Al Jolson); "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" (a popular song from 1919) and "Charleston" (the dance craze of the 1920s); plus other music.

See the list of music programs presented by Mr. Hall at this link:

Lectures and Workshops

To schedule a music lecture or workshop for your group,
write to him by clicking here

For more about the Boston molasses flood of 1919,
see the article at



Remembering Radio
(Singers, Songwriters and Big Bands)

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