a fall in the fickle field of fancy

194 Bleecker Street

May 31, 1890: “New York City News,” “On Sunday last, there was buried from 194 Bleeker street, a man whose name once was the synonym for skill upon the banjo, Horace Weston. His career is a striking example of of the rise and fall of natural genius in the fickle field of fancy. Years ago he stood without a peer, and in clever measure, thumbed his melodies of the day before the crowned heads and rulers of the world. From troupe to troupe he drifted and through loose and careless habits gradually fell from grace, and saw the championship drift away from him.”

From Out of sight: the rise of African American popular music, 1889-1895 By Lynn Abbott, Doug Seroff

Other posts in this series on Horace Weston:

Champion Banjoist of the World

Egyptian Fandango

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