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After the Ball

sheet music

1897-1902

In 1897 song writer and entrepreneur Charles K. Harris finally realized success with his song "After the Ball." Originally released as early as 1892, the song didn't take off immediately. With its inclusion in a dramatic performance, however, it became the first popular "tear-jerker" of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Eventually, it became the first ever song to sell more than a million copies. His financial worries over, Harris went on to contribute to the founding of Tin Pan Alley, known as Publisher's Row, in New York City, and did much to promote the use and standardization of copyright laws. He also continued to popularize sad songs. "After the Ball" is still widely recognized among music and musical theater enthusiasts. As the first million-seller it began an avalanche of popular tunes that continues through to the 21st century.

Materialprinted paper
OriginNew York, NY
Object ID104.962

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