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The Poet Laureate of Oz
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Bessie Wynn as Sir Dashemoff Daily, The Poet Laureate of Oz

Real Name

Dashemoff Daily

First Appearance

The Wizard of Oz (1902 Stage Production)

Created by

L. Frank Baum

Origin

Early in the first act of the 1902 Wizard of Oz stage production, Sir Dashemoff Daily, the Poet Laureate of the Land of Oz, fell madly in love with Dorothy Gale, who had just arrived from Kansas. Sir Dashemoff mistakenly thought Dorothy's name was Carrie Barry and had written a song for her. On discovering the song, Dorothy foolishly and accidentally wasted one of the three wishes granted to her by the magical Ruby Ring (which replaced the silver shoes from the original novel) she had been given by the Good Witch of the North. Suddenly, Dorothy KNEW the song and she sang it for Dashemoff. The plot at its finest!

The lyric for Carrie Barry was written by L. Frank Baum. But exactly who wrote the music is up for debate. It was either Paul Tietjens or A. Baldwin Sloane. Or possibly both. In 1902, the song was credited to Baum and Tietjens but, from 1903 on it was credited to Sloane. No sheet music for the song was ever published.

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