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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} {{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} John "Picayune" Butler (died 1864) was a black French singer and banjo player who lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. He came to New Orleans from the French West Indies in the 1820s.<ref>Southern 43.</ref> One of his influences was Old Corn Meal, a street vendor who had gained fame as a singer and dancer at the St. Charles Theatre in 1837. By the 1820s, Butler had begun touring the Mississippi Valley performing music and clown acts. His fame grew so that by the 1850s he was known as far north as Cincinnati.<ref>Watkins 106–107.</ref> In 1857, Butler participated in the first banjo tournament in the United States held at New York City's Chinese Hall but due to inebriation he only placed second.<ref>Meredith 106–110, 246–248.</ref> Butler is one of the first documented black entertainers to have had an impact on American popular music. He influenced blackface entertainers most directly. Circus performer George Nichols took his song "Picayune Butler Is Going Away" from him<ref>Toll 45.</ref> and claimed to have learned "Jump Jim Crow" from Butler.<ref>Knowles 228, note 14.</ref> The blackface song "Picayune Butler's Come to Town", published in 1858, was named for him.<ref>Southern 43–44.</ref>


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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} {{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} John "Picayune" Butler (died 1864) was a black French singer and banjo player who lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. He came to New Orleans from the French West Indies in the 1820s.<ref>Southern 43.</ref> One of his influences was Old Corn Meal, a street vendor who had gained fame as a singer and dancer at the St. Charles Theatre in 1837. By the 1820s, Butler had begun touring the Mississippi Valley performing music and clown acts. His fame grew so that by the 1850s he was known as far north as Cincinnati.<ref>Watkins 106–107.</ref> In 1857, Butler participated in the first banjo tournament in the United States held at New York City's Chinese Hall but due to inebriation he only placed second.<ref>Meredith 106–110, 246–248.</ref> Butler is one of the first documented black entertainers to have had an impact on American popular music. He influenced blackface entertainers most directly. Circus performer George Nichols took his song "Picayune Butler Is Going Away" from him<ref>Toll 45.</ref> and claimed to have learned "Jump Jim Crow" from Butler.<ref>Knowles 228, note 14.</ref> The blackface song "Picayune Butler's Come to Town", published in 1858, was named for him.<ref>Southern 43–44.</ref>


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