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Subjects Accooe, Will
Biographies
Biography
Parlor and Concert Stage
Popular Songs of the Day
Progressive Era to New Era
Social Change
Songs and Music
Title
Will Accooe (d. 1904)
Subject Headings
-  Accooe, Will
-  popular songs of the day
-  songs and music
-  parlor and concert stage
-  social change
-  progressive era to new era (1900-1929)
-  biographies
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biography
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Image: Cover of the Blue Ribbon Rag
Lulu: I loves yer, Lulu, words and music by Will Accooe. African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920, American Memory, Library of Congress.

Will Accooe (18??-1904) was an important songwriter during the birth of the black musical. By 1896, Accooe was working as musical director for John Isham's Octoroons, a successful and popular quasi-minstrel troupe. At the Nashville Exposition of 1897 his "Tennessee Centennial March" was one of the biggest hits of the approximately 450 compositions by black composers played by E. C. Brown in the New York Building.

Accooe joined Bob Cole and Billy Johnson to produce A Trip to Coontown (1898), the first New York musical written, produced, and performed by black artists. Accooe contributed some songs and served as the musical director.

Accooe also composed for other musicals. Williams and Walker's The Sons of Ham (1900) included some Accooe material. He also wrote a musical in 1901 with Will Marion Cook called The Cannibal King, but this was never staged.