“All Coons Look a Like to Me”

“All Coons Look a Like to Me”

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This sheet music for the song, "All Coons Look Alike to Me: A Darkey Misunderstanding” was composed by Ernest Hogan. Hogan is billed as “the composer of the famous Pas-Ma-La” on the cover. The music was published by M. Witmark and Sons in New York, New York in 1896. Coon songs were popular from around 1890-1910 and often presented insulting and stereotypical racist depictions of African-Americans. In this song, “all coons look alike” to the female singer of this song because she only had eyes for one man. The composer, Ernest Hogan was black and later regretted writing the song.
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Object Name
sheet music
publishing date
composer; lyricist
Hogan, Ernest
M. Witmark & Sons
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of C. Malcolm Watkins
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I'm an African American scholar and specialist in RACE and Early Recorded Sound. This is an important historical work written by a Black author and vaudevillian. Based in California, I have one of the more significant independently owned Early Sound Archives{plus Sheet Music} in this genre.

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