Uploaded on Feb 8, 2010
I found this in an Exeter, CA antique store. It is a 2-step. The music copyright date is 1912. The roll was produced by Aeolian. The roll box cover was missing the identification information. Research by experts on the subject shows the song was recorded in 1912 by Billy Murray and Ada Jones:
The song was copyrighted in 1912 and was moderately popular, having been recorded on Victor by Billy Murray and Ada Jones.
http://www.archive.org/details/AdaJon... (Click on Track 6)
As indicated on the label, the roll also contains music from a second tune, "How Would You Like to Be Loved?" which starts at 1:45. It was common practice in instrumental arrangements of songs to mix one or two themes from a second song to give the music a more extended format like an instrumental rag, march or two-step.
There were at least two other songs of that time using "Bunny Hug" in their titles. During the years 1910-1914 animal dances were all the rage including the Grizzly Bear, the Pigeon Walk, the Buzzard Lope, and of course the Turkey Trot. Mae West was once arrested for her performance of the Angle Worm Wiggle. One can only imagine.
"The Funny Bunny Hug" was composed by Raymond Walker, words by Wm. Tracey and David Ringle (Wabash Blues). http://tinyurl.com/ycpan8a
The Aeolian leader has the following information:
Funny Bunny Hug
Medley-Two Step. Introducing:
How Would You Like to Be Loved?
Composition Copyright 1912 by
Fred J. Helf
Walker & Jentes
The roll has expression markings through the entire roll. There is perforation for the sustain pedal which this 1917 Beckwith piano can use. The tempo indication on the roll is 90. The play seems a bit slow to me. (and yes, the piano has had a temporarily cranky tempo regulator. %^&*()+_&@)