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Biography John Larkins

Image: Cover of A royal coon by John Larkins
A royal coon, by James Reese Europe, words by Jolly John Larkins (Chicago: Will Rossiter, 1907). Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress.

John Larkins was a minor figure in black music in the early part of the 20th century. He ran "Jolly" John Larkin's Company and employed James Reese Europe as its musical director from 1906-07. In 1910 he produced and starred in A Trip to Africa. His other credits include Royal Sam (1911) and Deep Central (1932).