Bert Williams, born in Bahamas, was one of the most popular blackface performers of his day: “Nobody” became his signature song. Modern audiences may find it sad: audiences in 1905 fell out of their seats laughing. This song, which Williams routinely sang in blackface, parodies sentimental songs and what might be called “sad negro” songs, in which characters in blackface sang of their troubles. Instead of “mother’ or wife the singer finds “nobody.” Williams himself parodies and further exaggerates the pitch bending typical of the minstrel show. Notice how he vocally imitates the long slurred note of the trombone, starting at about 52 seconds. Williams managed a comic overstatement of typical minstrel tricks.