Antedating of "one man band" (1876)

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Wed Jan 7 06:41:35 UTC 2004

M-W has 1925, and OED 1931.  In the sense of an actual musician.

1876_Burlington(IA) Hawk-Eye_ July 6.  page 1?  The one-man band, comprising
drums, cymbals, violin, and a squeaking pipe which performed in our Streets
on Monday had one thing to reccommend(sic) it.  You can kill the drummer and
thus obliterate the whole band. [Norristown Herald]

Sam Clements

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