San Francisco: D.E. Appleton & Company, 1858. 64pp. Sextodecimo [14.5 cm] Blue printed wrappers. Good. Covers chipped at extremities. Item #7283
John Stone, 'Old Put', composed over fifty songs on miners, mining life, and mining camps between 1853 and 1858. This songster contains Stone's most famous composition 'Sweet Betsy from Pike' that has been covered dozens and dozens of times, by a wide range of musical artists including Johnny Cash, Iggy Pop, and the Muppets. Cowan p.599. Wheat Gold Rush 162.
"Where is there a Pioneer who does not remember John A. Stone, the genial author and sweet singer, who wrote Put's Golden Songster, and sung it all through the Northern and Southern Mines, in ye early days? As a relic of the past it deserves a place in every California home." - The Lompoc Record (10/02/1875).