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The Original Charleston (1923). Sheet music. Words and music by Cecil Mack and Jimmy Johnson. Harms, New York.

This song was introduced to America by Elizabeth Welch in the all-Black musical, Runnin’ Wild. Johnson’s music for the song is said to be inspired by the music brought to New York by South Carolina dockworkers that Johnson played for almost ten years before. Mack’s lyrics are seldom heard though Mack was an accomplished lyricist.