Ford T. Dabney  (1883-1958)
Last updated: 17.10.18
Ford T. Dabney was an American, pianist, conductor, composer, songwriter, and recording artist. He was born in Washington, D.C. into a family of professional musicians his uncle, Wendell Phillips Dabney (1865-1952), being a distinguished music educator. He was taught piano by his father and studied theory, harmony, and composition with Charles Donch, William Waldecker, and Samuel Fabian. Dabney was appointed by President Noro Alexis of Haiti as that country's court musician, a post which held between 1904 and 1907. He later celebrated this period with his Haytian Rag (1910) and Porto Rico Rag (1910). After various vaudeville activities he became friends with James Reese Europe and played a part it setting up the legendary Clef Club, a union of African-American musicians, becoming its musical director and president. Together they became involved with Vernon and Irene Castle, the most prominent dancers of the day, eventually writing some eight compositions for them. These included Castle Maxixe andCastle Perfect Trot. Dabney's career declined after the Europe's death. He continued to live well however on the royalties from his most successful song, Shine (1910) which was recorded by Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Bing Crosby amongst many others.


 
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DBE700 Anoma (1910) - Characteristic Rag
D/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 4¼ mins.
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DBE701 Georgia Grind (1915)
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¾ mins.
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DBE702 Haytian Rag (1910)
A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B), approx. 3mins.
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DBE703 Oh! You Devil (1909) - Rag
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 4½ mins.
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DBE704 You Can't Shake That Shimmie Here (1919) - Song
T/T/B+T/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
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sm15.gif The Georgia Grind (1915) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Haytian Rag (1910) A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Oh! You Devil (1909) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif You Can't Shake That Shimmie Here (1919) T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 12 works by Ford T. Dabney (1883-1958). 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
         
Oh! You Devil (1909) 1909  wvicon.gif
Anoma (1910) 1910  wvicon.gif
Haytian Rag (1910) 1910  wvicon.gif
Porto Rico Rag 1910  wvicon.gif
That Minor Strain 1910 Cecil Mack  wvicon.gif
That's Why They Call Me Shine 1910 Cecil Mack  wvicon.gif
Oh! You Angel 1911  wvicon.gif
Castle Valse Classique 1914  wvicon.gif
The Georgia Grind (1915) 1915  wvicon.gif
The Last Waltz 1915
You Can't Shake That Shimmie Here (1919) 1919  wvicon.gif
Shine 1924 Cecil Mack, Lew Brown  wvicon.gif
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youtube15.jpg Anoma (3:52) Ragtime Dorian Henry Anoma (1910)
youtube15.jpg The Georgia Grind (3:38) Ragtime Dorian Henry The Georgia Grind (1915)
youtube15.jpg Oh! You Angel (3:01) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Oh! You Devil (3:28) Ragtime Dorian Henry Oh! You Devil (1909)
youtube15.jpg Porto Rico Rag (3:57) Ragtime Dorian Henry