Ford T. Dabney  (1883-1958)
Last updated: 30.09.17
Ford T. Dabney was an American, pianist, conductor, composer, songwriter, and recording artist. He was born in Washington, D.C. into a family of professional musicians his uncle, Wendell Phillips Dabney (1865-1952), being a distinguished music educator. He was taught piano by his father and studied theory, harmony, and composition with Charles Donch, William Waldecker, and Samuel Fabian. Dabney was appointed by President Noro Alexis of Haiti as that country's court musician, a post which held between 1904 and 1907. He later celebrated this period with his Haytian Rag (1910) and Porto Rico Rag (1910). After various vaudeville activities he became friends with James Reese Europe and played a part it setting up the legendary Clef Club, a union of African-American musicians, becoming its musical director and president. Together they became involved with Vernon and Irene Castle, the most prominent dancers of the day, eventually writing some eight compositions for them. These included Castle Maxixe andCastle Perfect Trot. Dabney's career declined after the Europe's death. He continued to live well however on the royalties from his most successful song, Shine (1910) which was recorded by Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Bing Crosby amongst many others.


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DBE700 Anoma (1910) - Characteristic Rag
D/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 4¼ mins.
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DBE701 Georgia Grind (1915)
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¾ mins.
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DBE702 Haytian Rag (1910)
A/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B), approx. 3mins.
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DBE703 Oh! You Devil (1909) - Rag
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 4½ mins.
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DBE704 You Can't Shake That Shimmie Here (1919) - Song
T/T/B+T/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
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sm15.gif The Georgia Grind (1915) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
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sm15.gif Oh! You Devil (1909) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif You Can't Shake That Shimmie Here (1919) T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 12 works by Ford T. Dabney (1883-1958). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.

Oh! You Devil (1909) wvicon.gif
Oh! You Angel (1911) wvicon.gif
Anoma (1910) wvicon.gif
Castle Valse Classique (1914) wvicon.gif
Haytian Rag (1910) wvicon.gif
The Georgia Grind (1915) wvicon.gif
Porto Rico Rag (1910) wvicon.gif
The Last Waltz (1915)
That Minor Strain (1910) wvicon.gif
Words by: Cecil Mack
You Can't Shake That Shimmie Here (1919) wvicon.gif
That's Why They Call Me Shine (1910) wvicon.gif
Words by: Cecil Mack
Shine (1924) wvicon.gif
Words by: Cecil Mack, Lew Brown