"He impressed me as being quite the most wonderful man in the world", was how songwriter Carrie Jacobs-Bond recalled Blind Tom Wiggins.
Carrie Jacob Bond was one of America's best-selling tunesmiths in the early decades of the 20th century; one of the few women composers on Tin Pan Alley.
Like Blind Tom, Carrie was something of a child prodigy. When Blind Tom visited her Wisconsin town in 1870, she was chosen for the audience challenge. Usually a member of the audience tested Tom's prodigious memory, daring him to reproduce a melody after a single hearing. On this day, Blind Tom would test the eight-year-old's memory.
This is her recollection of that day: