Daniel Decatur Emmett  (1815-1904)
Last updated: 31.08.21
According to the Internet source given below, Daniel Decatur "Dan" Emmett was an American songwriter, entertainer, and founder of the first troupe of the black-face minstrel tradition, the Virginia Minstrels.
Dan Emmett was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, where he learned popular tunes from his mother, and taught himself to play the fiddle. He was an apprentice printer at 13 before enlisting in the United States Army and becoming an expert fifer and drummer at Newport Barracks, Newport, Kentucky. He later published his own Fifer's and Drummer's Guide in 1862. On being discharged from the army in 1835, he toured with circuses as a black-face banjoist and singer.
Together with Billy Whitlock, Dick Pelham, and Frank Brower, he formed the Virginia Minstrels making their first paid appearance at the Chatham Theatre, New York City in 1843.Emmett is credited with writing the famous song Dixie(1861)"
He died in Mount Vernon.
url15.gif Dan Emmett Biography by wikipedia.org.  
     Title Performer Comments
audio15.gif Dixie Medley Fred Van Eps Edison Amberol: 804 at USCB
audio15.gif Dixie Medley Fred Van Eps Edison Gold Moulded Record: 8339 at USCB
     Title Instruments Remarks
pdf15.gif Striking Ile Piano, Voice Daniel Decatur Emmett (Music)
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 17 works by Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Old Dan Tucker 1843  wvicon.gif
Jordan Am a Hard Road to Trabel 1853 William C. Glynn (co-author)  wvicon.gif
Original Dixie's Land, The 1859
Away Down in Dixie's Land 1860 Hooley & Campbell's Minstrels (perf. by)
Dixie's Land (w&m) 1860 Arr. by F. W M., (co-author)  wvicon.gif
I Wish I Was in Dixies Land 1860 W H Peters (words)
J C Viereck (words)
Mrs. John Wood (perf. by)
Dixie 1861 arr. Walter A. Phillips  wvicon.gif
Dixie For the Union 1861 Sigismond Lasar (words)
Fanny Crosby (perf. by)
Green-Backs (w&m) 1863  wvicon.gif
Here We Are! Here We Are! 1863 M Keller (words)  wvicon.gif
High Daddy (w&m) 1863  wvicon.gif
Three Cheers For Our Jack Morgan! 1864 John Hill Hewitt (words)
Eugene Raymond (perf. by)
Striking Ile (w&m) 1865  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif
In My Hand 1889 Sidney Barnes (words)
W Skerry (words)
J. Dwyer (perf. by)
Dixie Medley 1904 Fred Van Eps (perf. by)  audio15.gif
I Would! I Would! 1905 Erroll Stanhope (words)
George Arthurs (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf. by)
Dixie - Song ? Albert Pike (words)
Arr. by W. S Hobbs