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Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!

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Abe Olman

Abe Olman (arr. Paul Yoder)

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General Info

Year: 1917
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Forster Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! is a popular American song composed by Abe Olman, lyricized by Ed Rose , and published by Forster Music Publisher, Inc. in 1917. According to an August 1945 United Press article, Ed Rose wrote the song when his friends, Mr. and Mrs. John Hansen of Akron, Ohio, began dating while attending college in Indiana. They were so conspicuously in love that Rose, also their classmate, wrote the song about them and presented them with the original manuscript.

The piece's melody and structure form the basis of a self-calling circle dance, using square dance steps and popular in summer camps. There was also a World War I patriotic version of the lyrics:

Oh, Johnny, oh Johnny, why do you lag?
Oh, Johnny, oh Johnny, run to your flag.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Cary (N.C.) Town Band (Stuart Holoman, conductor) – 3 July 2018

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