American Yiddish Penny Songs

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About the author:
Morris Rund was a street singer in New York in the early years of the 20th century.

American Yiddish Penny Songs

by Morris Rund and others

Authored by Jane Peppler
Preliminary work by Klau Library at Hebrew Union College

This book was complied from high quality scans of the more than 200 rare Yiddish songsheets (broadsides) from the turn of the 20th century which reside at Hebrew Union College. (Mark Slobin called them "Tenement Songs.")

These were beloved theater, variety, parody, and vaudeville songs, some set to American popular melodies of the period. All the songs are written in the Yiddish alphabet. The author's companion blog,, is providing ongoing research, translations, performances and recordings of the songs.

Publication Date:
1508442045 / 9781508442042
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Foreign Language Study / Yiddish

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