Sheet music:Cruising Down the River (On a Sunday Afternoon)


The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Since the middle of the 19th century, Americans purchased pianos in increasing numbers. Families and friends gathered around the piano for evenings of musical fun. Piano players needed sheet music to learn the latest songs and publishers quickly printed everyone's favorite pieces, first in black and white and later with detailed chromolithographed color covers. The advent of radio and even television simply increased public awareness of hit songs, and the production of sheet music still grew. Eventually, use of sheet music lessened along with the popularity of home pianos in the middle and later 20th century. Radio, phonographs, and personal listening devices began to replace the piano in the parlor. This song was composed by Eily Beadell and Nell Tollerton, two middle-aged women, and won a public songwriting competition in the United Kingdom. One version of the song, performed by by Lou Praeger and Paul Rich, became a radio hit in 1946.

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  • Title: Sheet music:Cruising Down the River (On a Sunday Afternoon)
  • Date Created: 1945
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Subject Keywords: music, river
  • Type: Entertainment and Music
  • Medium: printed paper
  • Object ID: 111.5043
  • Credit Line: Gift of Rita P. Kuder