John F. Palmer

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John F. Palmer (b. 1870-[1]) was an American professional actor and songwriter.

He and Charles B. Ward wrote the popular 1890s song The Band Played On. Who wrote what is disputed;[2] some sources say that Palmer wrote the music and lyrics, and that Ward then purchased it and made minor changes. It was first published in The New York Sunday World on June 30, 1895.[3][4]


  1. ^ William Harmon (ed); (1979). The Oxford book of American light verse. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-502509-5. 
  2. ^ Studwell, William Emmett (1997). The Americana Song Reader. Psychology Press. p. 9. ISBN 0789001500. 
  3. ^ Jasen, David A. (2003). Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. Taylor & Francis. p. 184. ISBN 0203502469. 
  4. ^ Raph, Theodore (1986). The American Song Treasury. Courier Dover Publications. p. 244. ISBN 0486171337.