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Ernest Hogan

Ernest Hogan (born Ernest Reuben Crowdus; 1865 – May 20, 1909) was the first African-American entertainer to produce and star in a Broadway show (The Oyster Man in 1907) and helped to popularize the musical genre of ragtime.

A native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, as a teenager Hogan worked in traveling minstrel shows as a dancer, musician, and comedian. In 1895 Hogan composed several popular songs, including "La Pas Ma La" and "All Coons Look Alike to Me". The success of the latter song created many derogatory imitations, known as "coon songs" because of their use of racist and stereotypical images of black people.

While Hogan was considered one of the most talented performers and comedians of his day, his contribution to the racist "coon song" craze haunted him. Before his death, he stated that he regretted using the racial slur in his song.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1865, Died January 1st, 1909

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1923

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 63 7-in. 5/27/1897 All coons look alike to me Artists vary Band composer  
Berliner 1453 7-in. Before Sept. 1897 All coons look alike to me Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 1610 7-in. 11/16/1896 All coons look alike to me Artists vary Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]987 10-in. 10/11/1901 I don't like that face you wear Williams and Walker Male vocal duet, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]987 7-in. 10/11/1901 I don't like that face you wear Williams and Walker Male vocal duet, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]992 7-in. 10/11/1901 The phrenologist coon Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]992 10-in. 10/11/1901 The phrenologist coon Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1897 7-in. 1/15/1903 The phrenologist coon Silas Leachman Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1897 10-in. 1/15/1903 The phrenologist coon Silas Leachman Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3610 10-in. 10/11/1901 The phrenologist coon Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-894 10-in. 1/11/1904 'Tain't no disgrace to run, when you're skeered Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-894 7-in. 1/11/1904 'Tain't no disgrace to run, when you're skeered Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-1118 10-in. 3/16/1904 T'ain't no disgrace to run, when you're skeered Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor A-1118 7-in. 3/16/1904 T'ain't no disgrace to run, when you're skeered Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor A-1495 7-in. 6/20/1904 D-I-S-P-O-S-S-E-S-S means MOVE! Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-1495 10-in. 6/20/1904 D-I-S-P-O-S-S-E-S-S means MOVE! Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-14504 10-in. 2/21/1914 'Tain't no disgrace to run when you're skeered George O'Connor Male vocal solo composer  
Victor C-16217 12-in. 7/21/1915 Songs of the past, no. 5 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 1719 10-in. ca. 1903 'Tain't no disgrace to run when you're skeered Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 3332 10-in. ca. 1905-Feb. 1906 Is everybody happy? Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 79934 10-in. 7/12/1921 'Tain't no disgrace to run when you're skeered Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 81345 10-in. 11/9/1923 I ain't skeered of work Gulf Coast Minstrels Male vocal quartet, with male vocal solo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hogan, Ernest," accessed May 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111261.

Hogan, Ernest. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111261.

"Hogan, Ernest." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111261

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