Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard


The Music

The Race Horse Rag


Music written and performed by Mike Bernard
Published by Jos. Morris Co. in 1911


Lemon Drops


Music written and performed by Mike Bernard
Published by Jos. Morris Co. in 1910


Lift Every Voice and Sing


African American composer and performer J. Rosamond Johnson wrote the music to “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” His brother, the poet James Weldon Johnson, wrote the lyrics. The song was first performed in 1900 and later was widely regarded as the “Negro National Anthem.” The recording here is a modern, acapella version of the traditional hymn, performed by the group Committed. (Note the correct spelling of the composer’s name is “Rosamond”!)


“You’ve Been a Good Old Wagon but You Done Broke Down”


Music and Lyrics by Ben Harney
Published 1895
There are no known recordings of Ben Harney playing ragtime piano and apparently only one recording of him singing unaccompanied. “Good Old Wagon” is thought to be the first published ragtime song. (Note: The name Ben Harvey, at the start of this video, is a blooper. It is, of course, Ben Harney.)


The Battle of San Juan Hill


Music written and performed by Mike Bernard
Published in 1912
Recorded by Columbia Records in 1912

Mike Bernard had an amazing ability to recreate the sounds of battle on his piano. This song was a real crowd-pleaser!

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