Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door?

This is amazing, a jazz classic from 1927, transposed to Sita in Sita Sings the Blues.

Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door? The postman? Meanwhile the savage hoards are battling it out.

The voice of Annette Hanshaw singing her jazz classic Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door?

Nina Paley drew on Annette Hanshaw and the words of the Hindu epic The Ramayana for Sita Sings the Blues.

It was not easy, it took her a year and $70,000 in debt, to clear all the copyright issues to use the voice, the words, the music of Annette Hanshaw. The voice was not a problem, the words and music were, the rights held by corporate entities.

Annette Hanshaw (1901-1985) was well known in the 1920s, then fell into obscurity. The reason for the obscurity, the corporate entities who control the rights, see no profit in releasing her music.

I am reminded of my grandfather, his old 78s and wind-up gramophone, which we loved to play. Sadly all thrown away when he died.

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