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The Archivist: Catchy tune about “Sally” led to an investigation

Mary Phillips: Popular song about a missing Ziegfield Follies dancer led reporter on search for her.
BY MARY PHILLIPS Published: September 10, 2012

“But the garbage man is the only one who has seen her since she left the city, for he's stopped whistling, ‘Yes we have no bananas,' and assures the world that Sally is headed for the dump heap.”

It took me a search on Google to find out who Sally was.

She was Sally Long, a Ziegfield Follies dancer who was the inspiration for the popular 1924 song titled ‘I Wonder What's Become of Sally?'

“I wonder what's become of Sally,

“That old gal of mine.

“The sunshine's missing from our alley,

“Ever since the day Sally went away.

“No matter where she is,

“Whatever she may be,

“If no one wants her now,

“Please send her back to me.

“I'll always welcome back my Sally,

“That old gal of mine.”

Alva McDonald was a U.S. marshal, W.F. Vahlberg was a member of the city board of commissioners, T.P. Martin was on the chamber of commerce's aviation committee and Fred Suits was an attorney representing supporters for a railroad union station.

I guess I'm still wondering why they were wondering where Sally was.

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