Do Your Little "Bitty-Bit" (Right Now!)
|Do Your Little "Bitty-Bit" (Right Now!)
|Do Your Little “Bitty-Bit” Right Now
|The Frances-Clifford Music Publishing Co.
|Place of Publication
|Year of Publication
|Date of Copyright
|1 score (, 2-3,  p.)
|One of the first offerings from Frances-Clifford, this title remained profitable for nearly two years, buttressed by its association with Liberty Loan campaigns. Recordings and civic performances testify to its widespread popularity, especially in the midwest.
|The manuscript was copyrighted on October 8, 1917, but a plug in The New York Clipper for September 19 announces that the song is “fast getting a hold with the singers and public in the Middle West.” Three printings can be distinguished by front and back covers; the music and lyrics are unchanged. This is the third printing, which appeared after January, 1918, when the piano roll advertised by the “stamp” on the cover was released. The circular “stamp” is placed in three different locations and printed in two different colors, establishing three variants, for which no order can be established. Braham’s song was timed to accompany the Second Liberty Loan campaign, which started on October 1, 1917. It was issued in arrangements for orchestra and band, and at least two piano rolls, two recordings, and a large number of performances attest to its enduring appeal to the end of the war and even afterwards.
|A typical march song (marked “march moderato”), with occasional walking bass and rat-a-tat-tat figures, this title was designed to function well in both song and instrumental forms.
|Subject - Topic
|Subject - Geographic
|Subject - Temporal
|The organization that has made the Item available believes that the Item is in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States, but a determination was not made as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. The Item may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries. Please refer to the organization that has made the Item available for more information.
|Rayner Dalheim & Co. (Chicago, IL)
|Uncle Sam, standing in front of bags of money and right and above five representative civilians, to whom he is handing out Liberty Bonds; behind all is a background of clouds; above are three scenes inset in circles: a nurse tending a wounded soldier on a battlefield; fighting soldiers landing on a beach, with a battleship and airplane behind in the background; and a farmer plowing a field with a team of horses. First two printings: The background clouds wrap down on and below the insets, just above the citizens; the ground in the inset images is colored. Third printing: the background clouds end halfway down the lower inset, level with Uncle Sam’s hand; the ground in the inset images is white. A “stamp” is added advertising the Imperial piano roll, in two different colors and three slightly different locations; thus there are three variants of the third printing.
|Back Cover Description
|Samples: When it’s rosebud time in red bud (I’m coming back to you) (© 1917 09 10); To you dear (© 1917 11 02).
|P3, BL: Do Your Little Bit - 2. P3, BR: Rayner Dalheim & Co. / Music Printers & Engravers / Chicago, Ill.
|Voice and piano
|James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music
|World War I Sheet Music from the James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music