Daniel Decatur Emmett's "Dixie" premieres in New York City

Daniel Emmett had written "Dixie" during the early spring in New York City where he was singing with Bryant's Minstrels, a blackface group, then playing the Mechanics hall in New York.   The group gave a debut to the song during the finale of their show on April 4, 1859.  It became an instant hit and Emmett sold the rights for $500. (By John Osborne)
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Ken Bloom, American songbook: the Singers, the Songwriters and the Songs (New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 2005), 163.
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