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- Americanized versions of this song have titles including "Jonny Boker", "Old Johnny Booker", "Mister Booger" "What Johnny Booker Wouldn't Do". The Caribbean shanty "Johnny Bowker" (also known as "Do My Jolly Boy") and the British song "Old Johnny Booger" are related to the American "Johnny Booker" song. This widely disseminated song/tune is known as a banjo piece and stems from the minstrel era where it was called "Old Johnny Bigger," among other titles. Sheet music published around 1840 names the song as "Jonny Boker or the Broken Yoke", "as sung by J. W. Sweeney" [Sweeney's Virginia Melodies]...
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