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p Time was when coon songs whe whei
i 1 ther of the old plantation lanta ion variety or orL orthe
L t the e modern ragtIme lund were writ writi writt
i ten by white men but a great change changef changehas
f has come about in the last few years yearssays yearssays
says a writer in the New York Sun SunI
I 1 1 The Negro composer has lOW almost almosta
a monopoly of rag time and is reach reachI
I j I ing out into more classical work and andi Lndf
f there has hardly been a musIcal 1 play playF > lay layI
F I in the last two or three years which whichI whichhasnt
hasnt contained one or more Bonza Bonzaof
of N Negroes Negroest egrees egreesI
I t Some of this work is done by Ne Nei Negro Negrosketch
i sketch teams who h write their own ownr
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r songs songs on the road road making them1o1u them1o1uI them popu poput
I t I 1301 and collect the royalties when theyare they theyare
are published But most of it comes comesfrom comesr
from the Negro quarter or New Yor York Yorkwhere
where a a dozen com1 composers sers make theIr theIrheadquarters theirheadquarters
headquarters headquartersMost headquarters1liost
Most ot these men are musici8Jlof musician musicianof
of education and high musical ideals idealsH idealsIf
H pinned down to itthey it they admit th that that4I t ti
i 4I they write rag time not so much for forthe forthe
the loVe of the thing as because it itpays itpays
pays paysTake paysTake
Take Cole and Johnson brother brotherler brothersI
I for example They have on heir
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Bob Cole ColeOf ColeOf
Of Cole and Johnson Brothers Brotherslist
c list a long string strin of ragtime successes successesY
1 Y Yet t of the three authorS two are llni unit llniversity
t versity menone of them a mast r rof
r of artsand the third is a finished finishedstudent
student of music musicThe musicThe
The Johnson brothers came from froll1Florida fromFlorida
Florida Sons of f a Baptist minis
I I 1 tar they entered Atlanta University Universityi
i to work their way through Rosamond Rosa Rosamond
mond Johnson had the musical bee beein beein
in his bonnet so so he cut 1 loose ose after a ai atime
° i time and entered the New Englana EnglanaConservatory
f Conservatory Of Music where he sllld sllldf
i µ f led for three years yearsJames yearsJames
James Johnson stayed with his hisbooks hisbooks
books and was graduated with hon honors honk
k t + ors He became principal of the C01
i Col ored High School in Jacksonville JacksonvilleFla JacksonvilleFla
Fla and In his odd moments he wrote wrotet
t t j i for various publications and has l had hadt ld ldpoems
t poems poems and short st stories rie6 in the big bibmagazines bigmagazines
magazines magazinesJ
j J J Cole was also at Atlanta Univer University University
sity where in the college glee club clubhe ciubhe
he learned that he had talent for the thestage thei
i stage He drifted into a minstrel minstrelshow minstrelshow
show and from there into the Black BlackPatti
k J 1 Patti Troubadours AIl that time hoha ho heR
R ha hau < t been struggling with composi composition compositionbut ion ionbut
but he was handicapped by lack or ortechnical oftechnical
technical lmowledge lmowledgeOne Irow ledge ledgeOne
One day in Bos Boston on he ran against againstR
I R mond Johnson who had de decided decidedc ided
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that he had had about about enough of the theConservator theConservator
Conservator Conservator Together they patched patchedup
up a song or two threw an act togeth together
er and played the vaudeville circuit circuitfor circuitfor
for two or three years Then one onesummer onesummer
summer Rosamond Johnson ohnson went wentSouth wentSouth
South for a vacation and found ound his hisbrother hisbrother
brother James working on the lib libretto libretto
retto of a comic opera operaRosamond operaRosamond
Rosamond liked the id idea a ° and set the theJ themusic themusic
music to it James became sol so J enthusiastic enthus enthusiaStic
iaStic that he threw up hisJiob his ob and
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I or Williams and Walker WalkerFiveCallAm Talker Talkerf I
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I came t6 N New w York ork with the manu manuscript
i script under his arm armi I
We didnt sell it it says James Johnson John TohnIson
son at least not the then we have haveI havebeen havebeen I
been selling it in stove lengths ever eversince eversince
since Weve got the lIbretto yet and andwer andwer
wer thinking of putting in iniL anew new set setof setof
of songs and trying it againCole again agafnCole
Cole and the
Johnson brothers now nowhave nowhave
have a bank account or which won wondetful wonderful
detful stories are tol told in the Negro Negroquarter Negroquarter
quarter T They ey are taking care of their theirparents theirparents
parents and two Johnsqp Johnson sisters are arein arein
in college now an en the proceeds of ofrag ofrag
rag time timeAt timeAt
At its comencemenj commencement last June JuneAtlanta JuneAtlanta
Atlanta University co conferred terled upon uponJames uponJames
James Johnson the honorary degree
I Ot Williams and Walker WalkerI
t I
ot master of arts ThiS was not in inrecognition inrecognition
recognition recognition of his achievements a hievements in inra inragtime
ra ragtime time but ot his articles in the
Negro publications Last st year he en
tered Columbia University where he
is working for a Ph D degree in comparative Com Compar
parative par tive literature 1iteratureAnother literatureAnother
Another Negro composer is Will
Marion Cook who has been in Lon
don dO Witlle wigfin DDihomy for for which Vhlchh he
wrote most most of the songs He come comesfrom S Sfrom
from Washington His father was a aprosperous aprosperous
prosperous man The boy showed au anearly
early bent for music and was given givena I
a thorough education in it He stud studied i iie
ie ied the viol violin IL and harmony under underDvorak underDvorak
Dvorak and finished off with a course courseunder courseunder
under Toachim I
jusical Composer C mposer and Baritone So Soloist So Soloist
loist loistThen loist loistThen
Then one day his father went wentbroke wentbroke
broke Thrown upon his own resour resources resources
ces the youngster began to write rag ragtime ragtime
time He has gone in for whole wholescores wholescores
scores r rather ther than single songs The Thescores Thescores
scores of The Southerners most mostof mostof
of the songs in The Casino Girl Girland Girland
and Chlorinda or the origin of the theCalce th thCake e
Cake walk are all his He is an another another
other composer composer who has made it pay payOn payOn
On the other extreme is AI Johns Jollnzwho Johnswho
who hasnt any musical education at atall a aall
all but a won wonderful erful memory and ear earHe earHe
He composes his songs gets them themfixed themfixed n1
fixed in his head and then plays them themto thento 1
to some other musician who puts thscore th thscore e
score on paper While RosemondJohnson Rosemond PtosemonJohnson d
Johnson the scholarly musIcian musIcianwrites musicianwrites
writes crag time John the natural naturalJ 1 L LJ
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