Ford T. Dabney  (1883-1958)
Last updated: 23.11.21
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
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sm15.gif Oh! You Devil (1909) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif You Can't Shake That Shimmie Here (1919) T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
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pdf15.gif Oh! You Angel (1911) Piano wvicon.gif
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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. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
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Oh! You Devil 1909 Ada Overton Walker (perf.)  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Anoma 1910  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Haytian Rag 1910  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Porto Rico Rag 1910  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
That Minor Strain 1910 Cecil Mack (words)  wvicon.gif
That's Why They Call Me Shine 1910 Cecil Mack (words)  wvicon.gif
Oh! You Angel 1911  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Castle Valse Classique 1914  wvicon.gif
Georgia Grind, The 1915  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Last Waltz, The 1915
You Can't Shake That Shimmie Here 1919 B.A. Williams (perf.)  wvicon.gif
Shine 1924 Cecil Mack (words)
Lew Brown (words)
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youtube15.jpg Anoma 3:52 Ragtime Dorian Henry F.T. Dabney  Anoma (1910)
youtube15.jpg The Georgia Grind 3:38 Ragtime Dorian Henry F.T. Dabney  The Georgia Grind (1915)
youtube15.jpg Haytian Rag 2:37 Ragtime Dorian Henry F.T. Dabney 
youtube15.jpg Oh! You Angel 3:01 Ragtime Dorian Henry F.T. Dabney 
youtube15.jpg Oh! You Devil 3:28 Ragtime Dorian Henry F.T. Dabney  Oh! You Devil (1909)
youtube15.jpg Porto Rico Rag 3:57 Ragtime Dorian Henry F.T. Dabney