My thanks to you, Marcia and Greg Griffiths
for the excellent help. Greg'sfollow up should
Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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From: Marcia Karp [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2002 1:08 PM
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Subject: Re: Tambo and Bones
"D.Gregory Griffith" wrote:
> Tambo and Bones are or were stock figures from minstrel shows. In
> original incarnation in the Christy Minstrels (the template for much
> of the
> standard fare of a minstrel show), the two figures were seated at the
> far ends
> of the semi-circle of minstrels on stage and one played tambourine and
> the other
> played bone castanets--there were duets which these two figures would
> together--and the Interlocutor who sat or stood stage center would
> initiate banter
> and jokes that would involve "Mr. Bones" and "Mr. Interlocutor" (this
> pair is
> probably vaguely familiar to most folks, but the actual pair of Bones
> Tambo or the banter exchanged between "Mr. Tambo" and "Mr.
> that was also a stock feature, are less well known).
See, too, John Berryman's Dream Songs.