Cherry Ripe

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CHERRY RIPE. English, Air (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Cherry Ripe" was the name of a song with words by Herrick to a tune by Charles Edward Horn [1] (1786-1849), "a tenor singer with a somewhat woolly voice," and a composer of songs and glees. He is said to have sold the copyright for a couple of guineas, and when the song proved immensely popular the publishers made thousands. It was sung by Madame Vestris in Paul Pry. The authorship of "Cherry Ripe" was disputed by Thomas Attwood, who accused Horn pf plagiarizing the song. The case went to court, and Horn was acquitted after he sang both his song and Attwood's version to the jury.

See also Horn's "Banks of Allen Water" and "Bonny Fish Wife (The)."

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