1834–1903

Introduction

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Born: Ap­ril 6, 1834, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Died: No­vem­ber 20, 1903, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Ken­si­co Ce­me­te­ry, Val­hal­la, New York.

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Biography

Hart was the hus­band of Har­ri­et Ro­set­ta Col­a­han (mar­ried 1858).

When he was eight years old, his fa­mi­ly moved to Sar­a­to­ga Springs, New York, where he stu­died mu­sic with Dr. L. E. Whit­ing.

Later, Danks worked as a car­pen­ter in his fa­ther’s con­struct­ion bu­si­ness for while, but short­ly be­gan a full time mu­sic ca­reer, com­pos­ing, sing­ing, and lead­ing chor­al groups.

In 1864, he moved to New York Ci­ty.

The next year, he composed his best known song, Sil­ver Threads Among the Gold (words by Eben Rex­ford), which sold over three mil­lion co­pies. Hav­ing sold the rights to it, though, he died pen­ni­less in a board­ing house.

His last writ­ten words: It’s hard to die alone.

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Music

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