Geraldine Dobyns  (1883-)
Last updated: 11.04.22
All that is known about this American lady ragtime composer is that she composed her famous and still recorded Possum Rag (1907). She was born in Louisiana where she is buried in Baton Rouge. Trebor Jay Tichenor described her in his That American Rag: The Story of Ragtime from Coast to Coast as being the composer of some of the most syncopated, free-wheeling folk rags published in the Southern Mississippi Valley.

  Title Instruments Performers
  DBE MP3 Sample   
audiodbemp315.gif Bull Dog Rag (1908) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Holly and Mistletoe (1909) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Possum Rag (1907) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s)   
audiomidi15.gif Bull Dog Rag (1908) Midi James Pitt-Payne
audiomidi15.gif Possum Rag (1907) Midi Sakae Watanabe
     Performer CD Title Supplier
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Virginia Eskin Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Women in Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Nora Hulse 24 Piano Rags by Women flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Nora Hulse Cake Walks, Two Steps and Rags by Women Composers
cd15.gif Richard Egan From the Land of Ragtime
cd15.gif Sue Keller Nola flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE980 Bull Dog Rag (1908)
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
1-2 days
DBE981 Holly and Mistletoe (1909) - Rag Two Step
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¼ mins.
1-2 days
DBE384 Possum Rag (1907)
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
1-2 days
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Bull Dog Rag (1908) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Holly and Mistletoe (1909) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Possum Rag (1907) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Bull Dog Rag (1908) G. Dobyns (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Possum Rag (1907) G. Dobyns (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 3 works by Geraldine Dobyns (1883-). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Possum Rag 1907  wvicon.gif audiomidi15.gif
Bull Dog Rag 1908  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Holly and Mistletoe 1909  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
     Title Duration Performer
youtube15.jpg Bull Dog Rag 2:45 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Holly and Mistletoe 2:06 Ragtime Dorian Henry