Benjamin Robertson Harney  (1871-1938)
Last updated: 21.02.17
Benjamin Robertson Harney was an American vaudeville artist, comedian, singer, pianist and composer of popular music and is generally considered to be an originator of ragtime music from which jazz and modern syncopation was derived.. He was born in Tennessee into a prominent family and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. When working in Middlesboro, Kentucky as a post office employee sometime in 1887 he first heard a mountain fiddler playing a syncopated beat which fascinated to the extent that immediately set out to imitate and master on his piano. Harney moved to New Yorkin 1896 appearing regularly in Tony Pastor's Music Hall. His music was much admired and other composers and songwriters took up his style spreading ragtime across America. He published his influential Ben Harney's Rag Time Instructor the following year and his songs You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down (1896), Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1896) and Cake Walk In The Sky (1899) were all big hits. Harney toured widely in America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific billing himself as "The Originator of Ragtime" or "The Father of Ragtime", a claim not accepted by all. He retired after a heart attack in 1928 and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania aged 66.

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[§] The Cakewalk in the Sky (1899) D+T/A/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
[§] Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1896) T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
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b0000cwzdz_m.jpgI'd Give a Hundred if the Gal Was Mine Song
Words and Music by Benjamin Robertson Harney.
Publisher: E. T. Paull Music Co.
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Printed: 1901. Sheet Music 5 pages. Limited Availability.
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DBE677 The Cakewalk in the Sky (1899) - Ethiopian Two-Step
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DBE678 Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1896) - Song
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 23 works by Benjamin Robertson Harney (1871-1938). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

You've Been a Good Old Wagon But You've Done Broke Down (1895) wvicon.gif
Words by: Biller
I'd Give a Hundred if the Gal Was Mine (1901) amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1896) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Harney
T.T.T. (Treat, Trade or Travel) (1902) wvicon.gif
I Love My Honey (1897) wvicon.gif
Cannon Ball Catcher (1914) wvicon.gif
There's a Knocker Layin' Around (1897) wvicon.gif
There's Only One Way to Keep a Gal (1914) wvicon.gif
Draw That Color Line (1898) wvicon.gif
I Love One Sweet Black Man (?)
If You Got Any Sense You'll Go (1898) wvicon.gif
Li Hung Chang (?)
You May Go But This Will Bring You Back (1898) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Harney
The Sporting Life Is Sure Killing Me (?)
Black Man's Kissing Bug (1899) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Harney
That Ever Lovin' Rock Pile (?)
The Cakewalk in the Sky (1899) wvicon.gif
Tomahau (?)
The Hat He Never Ate (1899) wvicon.gif
Words by: Howard S. Taylor
While in Chicago (?)
Tell It to Me (1899) wvicon.gif
Wissahickon (?)
The Only Way to Keep Her Is in a Cage (1900) wvicon.gif