Will Marion Cook  (1869-1944)
Last updated: 05.11.18
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
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
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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: Electronic Resource Items
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Negro Love Song 1895  wvicon.gif
Love Is the Tend'rest of Themes 1896 Words & Music by Cook  wvicon.gif
Darktown Is Out Tonight 1897 Paul Laurence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
Who Dat Say Chicken in Dis Crowd? 1898 Paul Laurence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
Clorindy 1899  wvicon.gif
By-Gone Days Are Best 1900 L. Lamprey  wvicon.gif
Down De Lovers Lane 1900 Paul Lawrence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
Romance 1900 Harry B. Smith  wvicon.gif
Whatever the Hue of Your Eyes 1900  wvicon.gif
Wid De Moon, Moon, Moon 1901 William Moore  wvicon.gif
Brown-Skin Baby Mine 1902 Words & Music by Cook Cecil Mack  wvicon.gif
Good Evenin' 1902 Paul Laurence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
Leader of the Colored Aristocracy 1902 Words & Music by Cook  wvicon.gif
The Little Gypsy Maid 1902 Harry B. Smith, Cecil Mack  wvicon.gif
Molly Green 1902 Cecil Mack  wvicon.gif
My Lady Frog 1902  wvicon.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
My Little Gypsy Maid 1902 Paul Laurence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
On Emancipation Day (1902) 1902 Paul Laurence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
Overture to "In Dahomey" 1902
Parthenia Johnsing 1902 Hugh Morton  wvicon.gif
Returned 1902 Paul Laurence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
She's Dancing Sue 1902 Charles S. Sager  wvicon.gif
Tis Sweet to Be Remembered 1902 Words & Music by Cook  wvicon.gif
Daisy Deane 1904 Richard Wilkens  wvicon.gif
Darktown Barbacue [Sic] 1904  wvicon.gif
Hurrah for Captain Kidd 1904 Words & Music by Cook  wvicon.gif
It's Allas De Same in Dixie 1904 Richard Grant, H.B. Smith  wvicon.gif
Julep Song 1904  wvicon.gif
My Little Irish Canary Mary Ann 1904
Mandy Lou 1905 R.C. McPherson  wvicon.gif
Bon Bon Buddy 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Corn Song 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Dinah 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Fas' Fas' World 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
I'm Very Fond of Jokes 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
In Bandanna Lan' 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
It's Hard to Love Somebody 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Just the Same 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Saucy Little Sadie 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Until Then 1907 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Any Old Place in Yankee Land Is Good Enough For Me 1908 Chris Smith Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Kinky 1908 Mord Allen, J. Ed. Green  wvicon.gif
Red Red Rose 1908 Alex. Rogers  wvicon.gif
Will You Come Along With Me 1909  wvicon.gif
My Lady Nicotine 1910  wvicon.gif
Whoop 'er Up! 1910  wvicon.gif
Exhortation 1912 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Rain Song 1912 Alex Rogers  wvicon.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Swing Along! 1912  wvicon.gif
Cruel Papa! (1914) 1914  wvicon.gif
An Explanation 1914 James Weldon Johnson  wvicon.gif
If the Sands of the Seas Were Pearls 1914
My Lady 1914 Paul Laurence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
My Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey 1915
I'm Coming Virginia 1927 Donald Heywood
Hottest Coon in Dixie n.d. Paul Laurence Dunbar  wvicon.gif
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youtube15.jpg Cruel Papa! 2:29 W.M. Cook  Ragtime Dorian Henry Cruel Papa! (1914)
youtube15.jpg My Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey 1:39 W.M. Cook  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg On Emancipation Day 2:42 W.M. Cook  Ragtime Dorian Henry On Emancipation Day (1902)