Billboard 1924: Sleepy Hollow Tune


Friday, 2/10/2012 3:31pm

In December, we shared a classic tune found in the Library of Congress's National Jukebox called "Rip Van Winkle was a Lucky Man." This month, we continued our scouring of the Library's vaults and discovered the lost classic, "Sleepy Hollow Tune," sung by Elsie Baker and composed by Richard Kountz in 1924.

"Sleepy Hollow Tune," of course, refers to the hometown of Philipsburg Manor...or does it? Sleepy Hollow was known as North Tarrytown until 1996. So whether this song is reflecting on the actual, physical Sleepy Hollow or a state of mind inspired by the Headless Horseman is unclear. It's an interesting, kind of haunting listen either way.

And for what it's worth, Elsie recorded the track in Camden, N.J.

Click here to listen to Sleepy Hollow tune.

Photo (upper right) by Anthony Pellegrino

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