My thanks to you, Marcia and Greg Griffiths
for the excellent help. Greg'sfollow up should
really help.


Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
Camosun College
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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-----Original Message-----
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
> their
> 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
> perform
> 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
> and
> Tambo or the banter exchanged between "Mr. Tambo" and "Mr.
> Interlocutor,"
> that was also a stock feature, are less well known).

See, too, John Berryman's Dream Songs.