When men sidled up during her breaks, she brushed them off with clipped British speech that they hadn’t expected: Her real name was Letitia Lula Agatha Fontaine, and she’d grown up, with great dignity, in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. But Mammy Lou didn’t bother with musical notation, so the white songwriters who scribbled down the melodies and registered them as sheet music reaped the profits.Maxwell Marcuse, author of Tin Pan Alley in Gaslight, says the famous cancan song “Ta! On fine days, Connor gathered up her hat and parasol and climbed into her big Victorian carriage with a few scantily clad employees.Men murmured in code as they smoked their after-dinner cigars: “Are you storming the castle tonight?
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