Hanky Pank (1914)
Slow Drag Rag
Last updated: 17.11.19
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Composer: H.G. Robinson/Adams Suppliers: dbe15.gif 
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 676
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Length: approx. 2½ mins.
Hanky Pank is a fine slow drag in the sonata form of ABBACA whereby the AB- and C-strains are written in the major keys of C and F respectively. The cover of the original sheet music humorously shows a sad looking Negro labourer dragging a massive melon on a broken-down handcart marked EXPRESS. He is gazing despondently at roadside sign reading $5.00 FINE FOR EXCEEDING SPEED LIMIT. Here the authors clearly underline that Hanky Pank, which actually means dishonesty, is a slow drag and should be performed accordingly. The composers dedicated this piece to Mr. Horace Peyton who probably was the silent film actor known for his roles in Hypnotic Nell (1912), A Mountain Tragedy (1912) and The Manicurist and the Mutt (1913). It is not beyond the realms of possibility therefore that Hanky Pank was used to accompany one or all of these films.
Hanky Pank was published by M. Witmark and Sons, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, USA.
A tempo of 80 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a treble solo version of this item.
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youtube15.jpg Hanky Pank (2:17) Ragtime Dorian Henry