Title: Sneaky Pete, Composed By: Chas. L. Johnson, Published By: J.W. Jenkins Sons Music Co., Location: Kansas City MO., Year: 1907
Charles Leslie Johnson (December 3, 1876 – December 28, 1950) was an American composer of ragtime and popular music. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas, died in Kansas City, Missouri, and lived his entire life in those two cities. He published over 300 songs in his life, nearly 40 of them ragtime compositions such as “Doc Brown’s Cakewalk”, “Dill Pickles”, “Apple Jack (Some Rag)”, and “Snookums Rag”. His best-selling piece, a sentimental ballad called “Sweet and Low”, sold over a million copies. Experts believe that had Johnson lived and worked in New York, he would be included alongside Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb as one of the greatest ragtime composers. He wrote more than the other three combined and exemplified a greater range of talent, composing waltzes, tangos, cakewalks, marches, novelty pieces, and other types of music popular at that time.
The Jenkins company was founded by John W. Jenkins Sr. and took the name J. W. Jenkins’ Sons Music Co. after John W. Jenkins Jr. had succeeded his father. The company remained in the hands of the Jenkins family until 1972.