I'm sad, I'm glad, I'm mad
About that lovin' man of mine
He's so neat and sweet as the berry
That grows on the vine
And he's mine all mine

Oh Lovie Joe, that ever lovin' man
From way down home in Birmingham
He can do some lovin' and some lovin' sho
And when he starts to love me I holler mo
'Cause he's the master of those lovin' arts
Where all your lovers quits
That's where he starts
And when I hear the wedding march so grand

I just get myself a wedding band
Take it to the preacher man
Make the preacher understand
That he must join me hand in hand
To Lovie Joe, that ever lovin' man

Lyrics by Will Marion Cook, music by Joe Jordan.

More! Miss Brice! More!

"You're out! Get off the stage. You're out of the show!" screamed Erlanger, the Ziegfeld Follies stagemanager to Fanny. And all because of one simple word, mo. For $2.59 a ticket you don't holler mo, it's more!

"I live on 128th Street, we all talk that way" explained Fanny "I can sing it only that way, it's a coon song."
"I know it's a coon song. Where do you think you are? In a burlesque show? Out you!"
But Fanny knew she had to sing mo.

And that is how Fanny's debute in the Ziegfeld Follies ended before she even had begun. But Florenz Ziegfeld had confidence in her.

"Why must you argue with him, my dear Fanny?" Ziegfeld asked her "Can you sing more now and mo later?"
"Yes mister Ziegfeld, whatever you say."

At the opening night at Nixon's Apollo theatre she sang Lovie Joe and she sang it with the mo and stopped the Follies as cold as any show has ever been stopped before or since. The audience wanted an encore and Fanny gave them an encore. And an other one and another. Fanny had stopped the show for twelve encores when she stepped into the wings. Mr. Erlanger was standing there. He was smiling and he had broken his straw hat.

"See" said Erlanger "I broke this, applauding you. You owe me ten dollars."
"You owe me an apology." said Fanny.

And that was Fanny's Ziegfeld Follies debut. From chorus girl with a hit on opening night to a great new star at the end of the 1910 Ziegfeld Follies.

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