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Words and Music by Cecil Mack and Jimmy Johnson. Arranged by E. Ruediger and C. Lange.

The Charleston dance and song will be 100 years old in 2023.
The Charleston music was composed in 1923 by James P. Johnson with lyrics by Cecil Mack in the USA. It first featured in the Broadway musical comedy show Runnin’ Wild, which premiered at the New Colonial Theatre in New York, 1923. Johnson had said that the music of the South Carolina dockworkers inspired the music.

After Runnin’ Wild, the music, usually with no lyrics, was featured in several films.

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