Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project

Verses in Vogue with the Vulgar

Sheet Music for "Black ey'd Susan"


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Whittier Perkins, “A Collection of Dancing Tunes, Marches, & Song Tunes” [Commonplace book] (Massachusetts, [ca. 1790]), 44. Courtesy Columbia University, Special Collections.
Whittier Perkins’s melody seems to be a partly remembered variant of the original Leveridge tune as seen in Minstrel. Perkins’s manuscript, begun in 1790, is particularly valuable as a window on traditional music in early Federal Boston. He seems to have obtained his material from oral sources.

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“Sheet Music for "Black ey'd Susan",” Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project, accessed December 4, 2023,