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Entry from January 23, 2017
“Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” (EGBDF music mnemonic)

Fudge was popularized by Vassar College in 1893 and quickly became a favorite food among boys and girls. “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” is a mnemonic for E-G-B-D-F, the notes on the lines of the treble clef.

Music author Louis Charles Elson (1848-1920) included “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” in a 1918 book and helped to popularize the mnemonic that is still used by many music students.

Other EGBDF mnemonics include “Every Good Boy Deserve Favor,” “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” “Every Girl Bakes Delicious Fudge,” “Every Good Burger Deserves Fries,” “Elephants Got Big Dirty Feet,” “Empty Garbage Before Dad Flips” and “Elvis’ Guitar Broke Down Friday.”

GBDFA mnemonics include “Good Boys Do Fine Always” and “Good Burritos Don’t Fall Apart.” An ACEG mnemonic is “All Cows Eat Grass.”


Wikipedia: EGBDF
EGBDF may refer to:

. e, g, b, d and f. The notes on the lines of the treble clef and the mnemonic used by some music students to remember it, such as Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

. A number of song and album names satirising the above mnemonics:
.. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, a play by Tom Stoppard
.. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (album), by the Moody Blues
.. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, an album by Mudhoney

Wikisource
Louis Charles Elson
(1848–1920)
Music critic
Works
Chief editor of the University Musical Encyclopedia
“Music,” The Encyclopedia Americana, 1906.

Virtual American Biographies
Louis Charles Elson
ELSON, Louis Charles, musical critic, born fit Boston, Massachusetts, 17 April 1848. His theoretical knowledge of music was mostly gained from Carl Gloggner, under whom he studied at the Conservatory of music in Leipsic. In 1876 he became a contributor to the “Musician and Artist,” and in 1877 began contributing to the “Vox Humana,” of which he became editor in 1879. He is chiefly known as one of the editors of the Boston “ Musical Herald.” and through his criticisms in the Boston “Courier.” He has contributed articles to the Boston “Transcript,” New York “ Tribune,” and “St. Nicholas” magazine, and has translated and arranged over two thousand German, French, and Italian songs. He has composed songs in the style of the German Lied, has published “Curiosities of Music” and “German Songs and Songwriters,” and is now (1887) engaged in preparing a “ History of German Song.”

Google Books
Children in Music
By Louis Charles Elson
New York, NY: The University Society, Inc.
1918
Pg. 11:
Naturally, the reading of notes now follows. I do not wish to discourage those teachers who pin their faith upon an artificial system of memorizing these. If the spelling of “Face” will help the child to remember what notes comes upon the spaces in the G clef, well and good, and the first letters of “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” may similarly inculcate the E, G, B, D and F, which come upon the lines.

2 March 1960, Tucson (AZ) Daily Citizen, “Don Schellie’s Tucson,” pg. 11, col. 2:
Or, “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.” The EGBDF means something in music, I think.

Google Books
Harold Arlen:
Happy with the Blues

By Edward Jablonski
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1961
Pg. 235:
The “Fat Boys” was the same system for flats. And I remember F-A-C-E, for the spaces and Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, E-G-B-D-F, for the lines of the treble staff. It’s been a long time but I still remember them. 

Google Books
Kotch
By Katharine Topkins
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
1965
Pg. ?:
EGBDF, every good boy deserves fudge.

Google Books
Only yesterday in Lexington, Virginia
By John Seymour Letcher
Verona, VA: McClure Press
1974
Pg. 75:
“Every good boy deserves fudge” for the notes on the lines and “face” for the four notes on the spaces between the lines and “do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do” for something else.

OCLC WorldCat record
Every good boy deserves fudge
Author: Mudhoney (Musical group)
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sub Pop, 1991.
Edition/Format: Musical CD : CD audio : Rock music : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Mad about you. Every good boy deserves fudge
Author: Paul Reiser
Publisher: [1996-11-26]
Edition/Format: Film : Film : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Every good boy deserves fudge : the book of mnemonic devices
Author: Rod L Evans
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Perigee, 2007.
Edition/Format: Book : English : 1st ed
Summary: Introduces hundreds of key mnemonic devices designed to help readers recall important facts about science, spelling, history, music, literature, sports, and religion. 

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