Bob Cole  (1868-1911)
Last updated: 27.10.19
According to the Internet source given below, Robert Allen Cole was an African American composer, actor, playwright, and stage producer and director born in Athens, Georgia.
Working with Billy Johnson, he wrote and produced A Trip to Coontown (1898), the first musical entirely created and owned by black showmen. Cole later partnered with brothers J. Rosamond Johnson, pianist and singer, and James Weldon Johnson, pianist, guitarist and lawyer, resulting in over 200 songs.
Of ragtime interest is Dar's Ragtime in De Moon (1900).
Cole committed suicide by drowning himself in the Catskills.
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 52 works by Bob Cole (1868-1911). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Parthenia Took a Fancy to a Coon 1893
Black Four Hundred's Ball, The 1896 Billy Johnson  wvicon.gif
Christening of a Little Black Coon 1897
Hot Coon From Memphis 1897 George W. Walker  wvicon.gif
I Hope These Few Lines Will Find You Well 1897 Billy Johnson  wvicon.gif
I Knowed You Afore Your Hair Got Straight 1897
No Coons Allowed 1897 Billy Johnson
Wedding of the Chinee and the Coon 1897
I Wonder What Is That Coon's Game 1898 J.W. Johnson  wvicon.gif
Queen of Shinbone Alley 1898
There's Warm Spot in My Heart For You Baby 1898
Trip to Coontown, A 1898 Words & Music by Cole as Cole & Johnson wvicon.gif
When the War Is O'er 1898 Billy Johnson
Louisiana Lize 1899 J.W. Johnson, Rosamond Johnson
Luckiest Coon in Town, The 1899 as Cole & Johnson
Mr. Coon You're All Right in Your Place 1899
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Dar's Ragtime in De Moon 1900 J.W. Johnson, Rosamond Johnson
I Must Have Been a Dreamin' 1900  wvicon.gif
I've Got a White Man Working For Me 1900 J.W. Johnson, Rosamond Johnson
Pickin' on a Chicken Bone 1900
Come Out Dinah on the Green 1901 James Weldon Johnson, Rosamund Johnson
Lucy Green 1901
Maid From Tokio, The 1901
Maiden With the Dreamy Eyes, The 1901 J.W. Johnson  wvicon.gif
Old Flag Never Touched the Ground, The 1901 James Weldon Johnson, Rosamund Johnson
My Angemima Green 1902
Oh, Didn't He Ramble 1902 J.W. Johnson  wvicon.gif
Under the Bamboo Tree 1902  wvicon.gif
When the Band Plays Ragtime 1902 J. W. Johnson  wvicon.gif
Darkie's Avenoo 1903
Everybody Wants to See the Baby 1903
Katy-Did, the Cricket and the Frog, The 1903 James Weldon Johnson  wvicon.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Lindy 1903 Rosamond Johnson J. W Johnson
Ma Mississippi Belle 1903 J. Rosamond Johnson  wvicon.gif
Magdaline, My Southern Queen! 1903 J. Rosamond Johnson  wvicon.gif
Moonlight on the Mississippi 1903 Rosamond Johnson
Save It For Me 1903  wvicon.gif
Big Indian Chief 1904 J. Rosamund Johnson  wvicon.gif
Countess of Alagazam, The 1904
Gimmie De Leavins 1904 James Weldon Johnson  wvicon.gif
Mexico 1904 Words & Music by Cole James W. Johnson  wvicon.gif
Pretty Little Squaw From Utah 1904 Rosamond Johnson
Sambo and Dinah 1904  wvicon.gif
My Lulu San 1905 James Weldon Johnson, Rosamund Johnson
He Handed Me a Lemon 1906
If Adam Hadn't Seen the Apple Tree 1906
Sugar Babe 1907 as Cole & Johnson
Won't You Be My Little Brown Bear? 1907
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
I've Lost My Teddy Bear 1908
M'aimez Vous? 1910
Oh You Georgia Rose 1912 Johnnie Waters Shelton Brooks, W.R. Williams  wvicon.gif
Boccaccio March, The n.d. arr. By Wm. A. Cole wvicon.gif