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Mother, Dear Mother, I Still Think of Thee. Sung by Blind Tom, at His Popular Concerts with the Greatest Success
London: Hopwood & Crew, 1866. Sheet Music. Very Good. Sheet Music. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 8 pages including the cover. Removed from a bound volume so slightly trimmed with rough left edge. Very scarce sheet music sheet music shows a full-length portrait of Blind Tom (Thomas Wiggins Bethune) at about 16 years of age standing next to a piano. Published in London, probably during Tom's European tour of 1866, which was coordinated by W. P. Howard. Tom, a blind autistic savant with incredible music ability, was one of the most famous performers of the mid-19th century. Born a slave in 1849, his mother (Charity Wiggins) and master (General James Bethune) discovered his inexplicable ability to mimic the most difficult piano performances immediately upon hearing them. By the time he was five years old, Tom was giving concerts and stunning critics with his virtuosity. As Bethune saw then end of the Civil War approaching, he contracted with Tom's parents to obtain guardianship in exchange for a home, subsistence, and monthly stipend for them and a salary for Tom. Bethune, his son, and finally his son's widow continued the arrangement and made hundreds of thousands of dollars from Tom's performances throughout the latter half of the 1800s.
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