Will Marion Cook  (1869-1944)
Last updated: 03.11.17
Will Marion Cook was an American composer and violinist born in Washington, D.C. He studied violin at the Oberlin Conservatory for two years after which, with the assistance the African American community, he studied under Heinrich Jacobson at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, Germany from 1887 to 1889. Finally, Cook studied with Antonín Dvorák and John White at the National Conservatory of Music between 1894 and 1895. His career as a concert violinist was brief and he became director of a chamber orchestra touring the east coast in 1890. In 1893 he adapted scenes from the Opera of Uncle Tom's Cabin for performance at the Chicago World's Fair which however were cancelled. His next major work was Clorindy; or, The Origin of the Cakewalk (1898), a musical comedy written in collaboration with Paul Laurence Dunbar. Cook was then appointed principal composer and musical director for the George Walker-Bert Williams Company producing many successful musicals.
Today he is best known for his songs which used folk elements in an original and distinct manner. These songs were mostly first performed in his musicals and some were published in A Collection of Negro Songs (1912).Towards the end of his career, Cook was a choir and orchestral conductor giving concerts both in New York and in Washington, D.C. He founded the The New York Syncopated Orchestra which toured the United States in 1918 and then went to England in 1919 for a command performance for King George V. He died in New York

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DBE414 Cruel Papa! (1914) - Fox Trot
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DBE415 On Emancipation Day (1902) - Characteristic Negro March & Two-Step
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 56 works by Will Marion Cook (1869-1944). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

Negro Love Song (1895) wvicon.gif
My Little Irish Canary Mary Ann (1904)
Love Is the Tend'rest of Themes (1896) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Cook
Mandy Lou (1905) wvicon.gif
Words by: R.C. McPherson
Darktown Is Out Tonight (1897) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Bon Bon Buddy (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Who Dat Say Chicken in Dis Crowd? (1898) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Corn Song (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Clorindy (1899) wvicon.gif
Dinah (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
By-Gone Days Are Best (1900) wvicon.gif
Words by: L. Lamprey
Fas' Fas' World (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Down De Lovers Lane (1900) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Lawrence Dunbar
I'm Very Fond of Jokes (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Romance (1900) wvicon.gif
Words by: Harry B. Smith
In Bandanna Lan' (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Whatever the Hue of Your Eyes (1900) wvicon.gif
It's Hard to Love Somebody (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Wid De Moon, Moon, Moon (1901) wvicon.gif
Words by: William Moore
Just the Same (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Brown-Skin Baby Mine (1902) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Cook Words by: Cecil Mack
Saucy Little Sadie (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Good Evenin' (1902) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Until Then (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Leader of the Colored Aristocracy (1902) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Cook
Any Old Place in Yankee Land Is Good Enough For Me (1908) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: Chris Smith Words by: Alex Rogers
The Little Gypsy Maid (1902) wvicon.gif
Words by: Harry B. Smith, Cecil Mack
Kinky (1908) wvicon.gif
Words by: Mord Allen, J. Ed. Green
Molly Green (1902) wvicon.gif
Words by: Cecil Mack
Red Red Rose (1908) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex. Rogers
My Lady Frog (1902) wvicon.gif
Will You Come Along With Me (1909) wvicon.gif
My Little Gypsy Maid (1902) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
My Lady Nicotine (1910) wvicon.gif
On Emancipation Day (1902) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Whoop 'er Up! (1910) wvicon.gif
Overture to "In Dahomey" (1902)
Exhortation (1912) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Parthenia Johnsing (1902) wvicon.gif
Words by: Hugh Morton
Rain Song (1912) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Returned (1902) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Swing Along! (1912) wvicon.gif
She's Dancing Sue (1902) wvicon.gif
Words by: Charles S. Sager
Cruel Papa! (1914) wvicon.gif
Tis Sweet to Be Remembered (1902) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Cook
An Explanation (1914) wvicon.gif
Words by: James Weldon Johnson
Daisy Deane (1904) wvicon.gif
Words by: Richard Wilkens
If the Sands of the Seas Were Pearls (1914)
Darktown Barbacue [Sic] (1904) wvicon.gif
My Lady (1914) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Hurrah for Captain Kidd (1904) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Cook
My Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey (1915)
It's Allas De Same in Dixie (1904) wvicon.gif
Words by: Richard Grant, H.B. Smith
I'm Coming Virginia (1927)
Words by: Donald Heywood
Julep Song (1904) wvicon.gif
Hottest Coon in Dixie (n.d.) wvicon.gif
Words by: Paul Laurence Dunbar