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Cotton Babes

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Item Description

Title: Cotton Babes


  • Weinrich, Percy


  • Lechnyr, Joseph


  • UVM Band

Source Document

Extent: 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm ; 10 in.

Date Created: 1940 [approximate] - 1959 [approximate]


"Cotton Babes" was the signature musical piece used for Kake Walk.  All Kake Walkers choreographed their high-stepping dances to the beat of this instrumental piece. It was performed live by the UVM band during the Walk. The syncopated melody was composed by Percy Weinrich around 1910 in the easy-to-follow musical style of the national cakewalk dance craze, then in its height.  "Cotton Babes" was used as the Kake Walk theme starting in 1912 or 1913. Tradition holds that the university's sheet music was destroyed in a fire in 1929 and that UVM Band Director Joseph Lechnyr rewrote the music from memory. The original record was probably produced in the 1940s - 1950s. Its green and gold label reads: University of Vermont / Cotton Babes / Arranged by Dr. Joseph F. Lechnyr / University of Vermont Band / Director, Dr. Joseph F. Lechnyr / 77764

Genre(s): sound recordings


Note [Digital Version]

2010-05-12, Center for Digital Initiatives, University of Vermont Libraries

Type of Resource: sound recording

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Cotton Babes, University Archives, Record Group 53: Fraternities and Sororities, Series: Kake Walk, (accessed February 24, 2018)

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