The song book, Gypsy Memories, is compiled with songs as played by Harry Horlick and his A&P Gypsies. Born in Kiev, Russia Horlick was a violinist who performed in various venues until he was drafted into the Russian army during WWI. When he was freed from the war, Horlick moved to New York and began performing in cafes with a small six piece ensemble. Horlick’s group began to be sponsored by the A&P food store chain after its radio debut in the early ‘20s. A&P agreed to fund the band’s weekly radio show, leading to the creation and success of The A&P Gypsies. Horlick’s group hosted the most popular instrumental music program on air from 1924 to the 1930s, specializing in Gypsy music Horlick learned while traveling around eastern Europe. Sources categorize the group’s music in many ways including classical, semi-classical, folk and gypsy-inspired genres. The inconsistency in how the group’s music is categorized was most likely an intentional tool used by Horlick to boost his music’s popularity. Ethnomusicologist, Barbara Lange explains that maintaining a flexible public image is a fundamental tool Rom use in the U.S to cross ethnic boundaries and increase popularity. The group’s use of “impression management” allowed them to create a vague yet unique sound, which was favored by ethnically mixed audiences throughout the US.
Songs as played by Harry Horlick and his A & P Gypsies
Songs compiled and arranged for voice and piano by Gregory Stone
Edward B. Marks Music Corporation
Radio City, NY
Radio City, NY
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Bound songbook 42 pages ; 30 cm
Sheet music to be played by a pianist and singer
Songs as played by Harry Horlick and his A & P Gypsies and Stone, Gregory, “Gypsy Memories ,” A Storied People, accessed February 16, 2020, https://astoriedpeople.oberlincollegelibrary.org/items/show/77.