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Mister Johnson
Additional title: Johnson turn me loose, got no money but a good excuse. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: T'other eb'ning eb'ryting was still, Oh! babe. [first line]
Harney, Benjamin Robertson (1872-1938) (Composer)
Harney, Benjamin Robertson (1872-1938) (Lyricist)
Irwin, May (1862-1938) (Singer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Date Issued: 1896
Place: New York
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans
Sheet music
Content: From the musical, "Courted into court"
Content: On cover: picture of May Irwin.
Content: Stamp: New York Public Library.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Ben R. Harney.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 33 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 67ad3050-c591-012f-3cf9-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1872: Creator Born
  • 1896: Issued
  • 1938: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Mister Johnson" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896 - 1896.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Mister Johnson" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 24, 2017.

APA Format

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Mister Johnson