Ben Harney, who bills himself as the “originator of ragtime,” did some piano work, sang “Mr. Johnson Turn Me Loose” and did some eccentric steps and patter. The last was pretty good. He was assisted by a brazen –lunged darkey who worked up bows in a shameless manner and was otherwise no help. Harney, with the sympathy and his still agile limbs should hold up a good spot on the medium circuits.
Variety Magazine, LVIII: 1 October 1920