Jelly Roll Morton, Inventor Of Jazz, Online Book by Alan Lomax

with Some sheet music & lyrics.

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him away from it. Of course his papers and his music, no­body could touch and I never did. So all the trouble we ever had was about my keeping the laundry his way.
You know, I never regretted one day that 1 gave up the theatrical business to marry Jelly. I used to tell him, "If I was no longer living, I know you would marry again; but, if you die before me, I know I will never marry because i can't never compete with you* That's the way it was as long as he wras living; he was marvelous to me.
And, really, I will never meet anyone in life that good and that land. Not only to me, he was kind to the less fortunate. He was always trying to help anybody that wanted to do something in life. He lent lots of money to his musician friends when they was down on their luck. . . . Any place that the Catholic sisters wanted to go, he'd fill up his car with gas and oil and take urn. And 1 remember one time a lady's little daughter died of T.B. of the spine over on the Island and the only thing she could afford was the hearse. Jelly told her:
"Now I don't want to make you feel bad and I don't want you to think I'm trying to be a bigshot, but I want to let you have my two cars for the funeral." So he went to the garage and put his chauffeur at the wheel of the Cadillac and he took the Lincoln and drove those folks to Woodlawn Cemetery and back. My pastor, Father McCarm told me later, said, "Jelly Roll was a nice person to know. He was really kind. We miss him so much.73"
See, while we were living in New York I brought Jelly into the Catholic Church. He had been born a Catholic, but he had let the practice go. And the Father suggested that we be mar­ried in the church and I wanted that, but Jely refused. He said we had been married once, so what's the use of doing it over again—we couldn't be separated without the church con­sent to it, whether we stood up in the church or no. **And we have a license to prove it," he would say and touch his inside coat pocket.
Now I think back, if s a peculiar thing that he always insisted