Hugo Cannon (b. 9 April 1877, Detroit, Mich. – 17 June 1912, Lucas County, Ohio) was an American songwriter and pianist whose best-known composition was the popular ragtime song (Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey.
Cannon began performing with Barlow's Minstrels in the 1890s, as a singer, dancer, and piano player, often working with actor John Queen and having several songs published. He occasionally worked as a bar pianist in Jackson, Michigan, where he met local musician Willard "Bill" Bailey. Cannon "was inspired to rattle off a ditty about Bailey’s irregular hours. After publication the song quickly became a hit and then a standard.
Another of the author's long-lasting hits is Frankie and Johnny, published in 1904. Cannon's other songs include For Lawdy Sakes, Feed My Dog, I Hates To Get Up Early In The Morning, Possum Pie, Just Because She Made Dem Goo-Goo Eyes and You Needn't Come Home.
Cannon died at the age of 35. The official cause of death was cirrhosis of the liver.
Works for Winds
- Bill Bailey (arr. Henderson; adapt. Marshall) (1902/1993)
- Bill Bailey (ad. Gelard) (1902)
- Bill Bailey’s Brass (arr. Balent) (1902/2004)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Hughie Cannon." Accessed 31 March 2020
- Hughie Cannon, Wikipedia Accessed 31 March 2020