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#1255172 08/24/09 02:01 PM
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So I will have to "compile" all the juicy details later once I have them (reading through all the docs & emails now) but I was chatting with my Dad @ the weekend (only child).

[Linked Image] Turns out he has a 1/2 brother (naughty Granddad) [Linked Image]
AND that my Great..Great.....Grandfather was a bloody composer of Music!! [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

"bloody heck" !

I'll update this with more news later this evening as I have it.. thumb SC
(maybe this explains why I've always been drawn to the piano)
(edited, it's only Great Great Grandfather but that's still cool)

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You got my attention, TTigg! laugh

Aren't family stories fun? Was your GGGGrandfather someone we know!?!

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we're very curious......tell us more......

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Originally Posted by Johan B
we're very curious......tell us more......
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Still gathering all the details. I've found articles as far as even the Library of Congress! This is going to be a new project which is for sure going to put my (probably) Alfred #3 on hold.

I'm thinking it may be time for a Musical version "Blog" like the Julia / Julie where she's trying to cook all the recipes. I'm going to take a look and see if I can play his songs.

Although this idea itself may be a good 2yrs away since I've just seen some of the sheet music, GOOD GOD man, complicated! (lol)

Still numb with shock...
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Interesting!

Don’t think I can top that for skeletons in the family closet, but my grandfather, on my mother’s side, was a notorious moonshiner, gambler and womanizer. Of course, he drank about as much moonshine as he made and sold.

No wonder my mom preached to us kids so hard about the pitfalls of drinking alcohol. He was good looking and musically talented though.

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I'm intrigued.
This would make a good book!


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Hey, that's awesome! Wish I had a musical heritage; be sure to update us on all you find, especially if you find some interesting piano scores.


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Wow, that's interesting news TTig! Hope you have success playing some of the music. I wonder if your GGGrandfather knew his music would someday be played by family descendants...



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hehe, the closest story I can come to that is that supposedly (key word here!) my great great (great?) grandfather had an Australian or New Zealand (?) aboriginal princess (well, tribal leader's daughter) as his second wife! (The kicker is that I am Chinese!! :o)


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Originally Posted by Rickster
Interesting!

Don’t think I can top that for skeletons in the family closet, but my grandfather, on my mother’s side, was a notorious moonshiner, gambler and womanizer. Of course, he drank about as much moonshine as he made and sold.

No wonder my mom preached to us kids so hard about the pitfalls of drinking alcohol. He was good looking and musically talented though.

Take care,

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my grandmother played the piano in a bar


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What a cliff hanger. Can hardly wait for the details. What was his name? Gaby tu

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Hey all,

Sorry but my access at work (during certain hours) is limited now frown Only fair I suppose and I'm glad to of course still be there! It's not that I don't want to give out his name but I wan to post up some of the details with it. He's not super famous or anything (well that I know of anyhow)

I'll be bale to post up some details either tomorrow night and or Wednesday. I have already seen some sheet stuff so I'll be posting some details in the next 1-2days (good stuff for sure!)

back soon... thumb


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Originally Posted by Rosanna
hehe, the closest story I can come to that is that supposedly (key word here!) my great great (great?) grandfather had an Australian or New Zealand (?) aboriginal princess (well, tribal leader's daughter) as his second wife! (The kicker is that I am Chinese!! :o)


You're Chinese!?! That's an even bigger surprise than TTigg's. With a name like Rosanna (assuming it's your real one) I was under the impression all along that you were Italian - and had this image of you as a Piano World Sophia Loren look-a-like.

Now, isn't life just full of fascinating twists and turns!

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My great great great great grandfather was General George Custer. Although he wasn't a musician himself, he provided a lot of practice for proficient users of bowed instruments. grin

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Originally Posted by bluekeys
My great great great great grandfather was General George Custer. Although he wasn't a musician himself, he provided a lot of practice for proficient users of bowed instruments. grin

[Linked Image] Really? bloody ell that's pretty neat indeed!


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My great great great great grandfather was General George Custer. Although he wasn't a musician himself, he provided a lot of practice for proficient users of bowed instruments. grin

There's a coincidence, one of my ancestors was killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, he wasn't actually involved in the battle but was camping near by and merely went over to ask them to keep the noise down.
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** update **
Hi there folks, we'll I've still got a TON of stuff to do (research etc) but here is the short version for now.

My Great Great Grandfather was John William (JW) Cherry (1824-1889)
He apparently wrote approx 1,000 songs but I've yet to even begin to find the details, styles etc. I did find a couple of things in the library of congress (of all places)

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Just look at that artwork! I'm going to dig out lots of his work and make my mats & frames up for the piano room!!
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Looks like I'm going to be very [Linked Image] More details as and when I get it. BTW if anyone's got extra time on their hands and wants to look stuff up, let me know what you find out!

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Here ya go, TTigg - the Lester Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins smile :

Shells of Ocean

This is the cover - you can get the other sheets by clicking on the numbers at the top. I found it by searching for J.W. Cherry as composer. At the minute it's the only one I've looked at, but I'll look some more. I LOVE the Lester Levy Collection smile

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Looks like Lester Levy has lots of copies of Shells of Ocean, plus When the Autumn Leaves Are Falling, Six Songs.Madoline, Sailing on the Summer Sea, and Like the Song of Birds in Summer. But it appears from what you and I have found that Shells of Ocean was his greatest hit laugh

There's no biographical information in the LL Collection, but it's fun to know it's there. None of this is still under copyright, and you can click on the pdf button at the left and print it out.

What a treat!

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