Ernest Hogan, 1865 -1909, was a traveling minstrel and popular Broadway entertainer who created the "ragtime" musical genre by writing the hit song of 1895, "All Coons Look Alike To Me".
It was a smash hit that became so successful as to inspire many imitations that collectively became known as "coon songs" for their common negro themes and images.
Spin-offs of popular music were not uncommon at that time. Hogan himself had "appropriated" his million seller hit tune from a Chicago musician's "All Pimps Look Alike To Me". By simply changing the title's subject and embellished the tune some, Hogan launched himself to fame.
Despite his celebrity and considerable talent, Hogan died regretting the fact that the enormously popular music genres he himself helped create -- ragtime and coon -- had become a craze in American entertainment beyond his wildest imagination or intentions -- and not altogether in a positive sense insofar as a lot of negroes had come to hate his guts.
Ernest Hogan, traveling minstrel and Broadway sensation.