NORMAN, Karyl [performer] WEBER, Edwin J. [music]
[SHEET MUSIC] I’m through (shedding tears over you)
New York : Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1922. Sheet music, cover illustration of Karyl Norman (aka George Francis Peduzzi) ‘The Creole Fashion Plate’ dressed in drag, pp. 6, a fine copy.
‘Karyl Norman’ (1897 – 1947) was born in Baltimore, leaving home at the age of 16 and performing vaudeville on the west coast of the United States. He toured Australia and New Zealand in 1917, and was known for his fashion gowns, mostly made by his mother, who toured with him. Norman was a key performer as part of the ‘pansy craze’ which emerged in New York in the 1930s, where gay subculture emerged as mainstream entertainment during the Prohibition era. He was known for his Southern style songs which he mostly wrote himself, quick change of costume and fine voice.