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Oscar Hammerstein

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I beg your pardon. My husband wrote "Ol' Man River." Jerome Kern wrote "da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da."
Dorothy Hammerstein, irritated at a woman who neglected her husband's contribution to Showboat

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