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The Frank Himpsl Piano Roll Musical Archive

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Frank HimpslI’m very proud to host The Frank Himpsl Piano Roll Musical Archive.
His Piano Roll Musical Archive is dedicated to the preservation of mechanical music, via midi recordings of surviving player piano and nickelodeon rolls. Featured will be rare performances or arrangements of ragtime, blues and jazz.  All midi files on his site were generated by himself via optical scanning technology from original piano rolls.

Frank is a good friend of mine and his work is absolutely invaluable and priceless.

Below is a listing of artists/composers whose work is featured on his website.  Clicking on one of these will bring you to a listing of midi recordings available, along with a little information about the person.  As work on his site is ongoing, over time many more files will be added to the artist/composer collection.  Please feel free to visit frequently to check out new additions.   The list will be periodically updated so that returning visitors will know what area to check.

If you would like to download any of the midi files, please email Frank at frank@frankhimpslarchive.com and He will get back to you.  The files are available at a nominal cost used to offset the expenses involved with scanning and editing files, along with website maintenance. Both individual tunes as well as multi-tune nickelodeon roll scans are available.

LAST UPDATE:   53,000 Midi Recordings Available

June 9, 2013 – Pete Wendling project underway, approx. 900 rolls.

Frank Himpsl Piano Roll Musical Archive

Latest Recordings

Period Covered: May 22 – June 2, 2013
(Duplicate titles are different roll versions/arrangements of the same tune)

12th St. Rag
A Bag Of Rags
A Bag Of Rags
A Bag Of Rags
A Bag Of Rags
A Bag Of Rags. A Rag
A Bag Of Rags. Rag Two Step
A Black Hand. A Rag Two-Step
A Black Smoke. Dance Characteristic And Rag Two-Step
A Black Smoke. Rag
A Bran Dance Shuffle
A Bum Rag
A Bunch O’ Blackberries
A Bunch O’ Blackberries
A Bunch O’ Blackberries
A Bunch Of Blackberries
A Bunch Of Blackberries
A Bunch Of Blues
A Bunch Of Blues. Fox Trot For Dancing
A Bunch Of Blues. Fox Trot
A Bunch Of Keys
A Bunch Of Keys (2 on 1)
A Bunch Of Keys. Ragtime melody
A Bunch Of Rags Medley
A Bunch Of Rags Medley
A Bunch Of Rags. Rag Medley
A Bunch Of Rags. Rag-Time Medley
A Carolina Cake Walk
A Certain Party Rag
A Coon Band Concert (sic.)
A Coon Band Contest
A Coon Band Contest
A Coon Band Contest. Cake Walk, Two-Step
A Coon Serenade
A Coontown Celebration
A Cotton Patch
A Cyclone In Darktown. Just Rags
A Dippy Ditty
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
A Hot Time In The Old Town
A Hot Time. Polka Or Two Step
A Little Bit More. Fox Trot
A Little Bit Off The Top
A Little Kind Treatment
A Little Off The Top
A Little Off The Top
A Little On The Ragtime
A Little One Horse Town
A Mississippi Frolic. Two Step
A New Kind Of Man With A New Kind Of Love For Me
A Rag Time Skedaddle. March And Cake Walk
A Ragtime Drummer
A Ragtime Nightmare
A Ragtime Skedaddle. Cake Walk
A Rag-Time Skedaddle. March And Cake Walk
“A Real Slow Drag. From The Opera “”Treemonisha”””
A Sleepy Little Village (Where The Dixie Cotton Grows
A Slippery Place. Comic Rag March
A Southern Symphony
A Summer Breeze
A Syncopated Symphony
A Tennessee Tantalizer
A Tennessee Tantalizer. A Rag-Time Tickler
A Totally Different Rag
A Totally Different Rag
A Virginia House Warmin’
A Wagner Rag. A Ragtime Burlesque
A Warm Reception. Two Step
A Warm Reception. Two Step And Cake Walk
A Warmin’ Up In Dixie
A Warmin’ Up In Dixie. Cake Walk, March And Two Step
A Warmin’ Up In Dixie. Cake Walk, March And Two Step
A Wild Jazz Knight
A World Of Pleasure. Foxtrot Medley
A Zut Alors! (As You Please)
A.B.C. Fox Trot
Aba Daba Honeymoon, The
“Abyssinia. “”The Isle Of By And By”””
“Ace Of Hearts. No. 3 From “”Four Aces”””
Admiration
Admiration
Admiration. A Hawaiian Idyl
Admiration. Hawaiian Idyl
Admiration. Hawaiian Idyl. Tango
Aeroplane, The. Rag And Two Step
Affinity Rag
African Dreamland. Intermezzo
African Dreamland. Intermezzo Two-Step
African Hunter. Characteristic Jungle Symphony
African Hunter. Characteristic Jungle Symphony
African Hunter. Characteristic Jungle Symphony
Africanna. A Ragtime Classic
After Dinner Trot
Aggravation Rag
Agitation Rag
Agitation Rag
Agitation Rag
Ain’t Anybody Ever Goin’ To Buy?
Ain’t Dat A Shame
Ain’t My Baby Grand?
Ain’t She Sweet
Ain’t That A Grand And Glorious Feeling?
Ain’t We Got Fun?
Ain’t You Coming Back To Dixieland?
Ain’t You Coming Out Malinda?
Air Pilot. Two Step Intermezzo
Alabama Blossom
Alabama Dance. Op. 34 D Minor
Alabama Dream Cakewalk
Alabama Dream Cakewalk
Alabama Jigger Rag
Alabama Jubilee. Two Verses, Three Choruses. March Song
Alabama Slide
Alabamy Bound
A-La-Carte
Alamo Rag
Alamo Rag, The
Alaskan Rag, The
Alcoholic Blues
Alexander
“Alexander. Medley March And Two Step, Introducing “”Down Where The Sweet Potatoes Grow”””
Alexander’s Back From Dixie With His Ragtime Band
Alexander’s Pipe Organ Rag
Alimony Blues
Alimony Blues
Alkali Ike Rag A North Dakota Misunderstanding
All Aboard For Heaven
All I Want Is You
All Night Onestep, Twostep, Rag
All Over Nothing At All
All Over You
All The Money. March And Two Step
All The Quakers Are Shoulder Shakers
Along The Mississippi Shore
Along The Rocky Road To Dublin
America, They Are Both For You. Popular Song
An African Beauty
An African Beauty. Two-Step
And He’d Say Oo-La-La-Wee-Wee
And They Called It Dixieland
Andy Gump
Angel Child
Animal Crackers
Anna In Indiana
Annabelle
Any Place Where I Make Money (Is Home Sweet Home To Me)
Any Way The Wind Blows
Apple Sauce
Are You From Dixie? One Step For Dancing
Arithmetic Blues
Arrah Go On, I’m Gonna Go Back To Oregon
Arrah Go On, I’m Gonna Go Back To Oregon
At the Coffee Cooler’s Tea
Atta Baby
Aunt Hagar’s Blues
Away Down East In Maine
Away Down South
Barrel House Rag
Bed Springs Blues (2 on 1)
Bigamus Blues
Black and Blue (Rag) (2 on 1)
Black Jack Rag
Blue Clover
Blue Clover Man
Blue Moon Fox Trot
Brown Skin (Who You For?) Fox Trot Or Song
Brown Skin (Who You For?). Fox Trot For Dancing
Brown Skin. Fox Trot
Buck Shots (Something To Shoot At)
Bull Frog Blues
“Butter Fingers (A Soft Spread). “”Official Souvenir Roll”””
Butterfingers (A Soft Spread)
Calicoco. Fox Trot
Call Me Shine
Call Me Shine. Fox Trot Song
Canadian Capers
Canadian Capers (Later Issue, Designated No. 1785-A)
Candy Lips (I’m Stuck On You)
Candy Lips (I’m Stuck On You)
Cast Away (On The Island Of Love). Marimba Waltz
Cheerful Blues
Chicken Pranks
Chinese Blues
Climax Rag
Close Fit Blues (2 on 1) from Auto A-1418
Cradle Rock
Cradle Rock. Fox Trot
Deuces Wild
Didn’t You?
Doll Dance
Down Where The Sweet Potatoes Grow
Entertainer’s Rag
Fastep. One Step
Flapperette
Flapperette
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing
Funeral Rag
Hot Hands Rag
Hot Hands Rag
Hot Hands Rag
Humoresque Rag (Long Version)
Humpty Dumpty Rag
Humpty Dumpty Rag
Humpty Dumpty Rag
Humpty Dumpty. A Novelty Rag
Humpty Dumpty. Novelty Rag
Humpty Dumpty. Novelty Rag
Humpty Dumpty. Novelty Rag Two Step
Hunting The Ball Rag
“I Can Beat You Doing What You’re Doing Me. “”Composer Of Brownskin”””
I Never Knew What The Blues Were (Until You Went Away). Jass Fox Trot
If You Don’t Want Me, Please Don’t Dog Me Around
In The Beautiful Seaside Air
India Rubber Fox Trot
Is There Anything I Can Do?
Itsit (Rag)
Jazamine Onestep
Kangaroo Hop
Kangaroo Hop. Fox Trot
Kansas City Man Blues
Knice And Knifty. One Step
“Last Part Of Every Party. From “”Irene”””
Lazy Bones. Fox Trot For Dancing
Let’s Go. Fox Trot For Dancing
Let’s Try It
Long, Long Time Before You See My Face Again. Popular Song
Maple Leaf Rag (The Immortal Rag)
Midway Trot. Fox Trot For Dancing
Mitinice
Mity-Nice Rag
Mocking Bird Rag
Mocking Bird Rag. Key Of C
Mow ‘Em Down
My Baby’s Rag
My Caravan
My Own Blues (2 on 1) from Auto A-1418
My Pillow And Me
Nifty Nonsense
Novelty Rag Medley
Once In A Blue Moon
Oriental Dance. Arranged As Fox Trot
Out Steppin’
Out Steppin’. Rag-Fox Trot
Panamericana
Papa De Da Da
Papa-De-Da-Da (2 on 1)
Papa-De-Da-Da. Fox Trot
Peanut Cackle (2 on 1)
Pepless Pete
Peter Piper
Playmor. Fox Trot For Dancing
“Pretty Baby. From “”The Passing Show Of 1916″””
Pretty Doll. Popular Song
Rag A Bit
Rag Sonnets
Ragging The Scale
Ragging The Scale. Fox Trot
Ragtime Oriole
Red Clover Rag
Red Raven Rag
Red Raven Rag
Red Raven Rag
Red Raven Rag
Rose Room. Fox Trot
Rufenreddy
Russian Rag
Sand Dunes Oriental Onestep
Saxophone Sobs. Fox Trot For Dancing
Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble
Shimmie Shoes
Sixty Seconds Ev’ry Minute
S’More
S’More. Fox Trot
Steps (Rag) (2 on 1)
Sunbeam’s Frolic
Sweet Pickins’ Rag
Sweet Pickins’ Rag
Sweetheart Shop Selections
“Tee-Oodle-Um-Bum-Bo. From “”La La Lucille”””
That Blissful Rag
That Certain Feeling
“That Hula Hula. From “”Stop! Look! Listen!”””
Them Has Been Blues
Them Has Been Blues. Blues Fox Trot
Tiddle-De-Winks Fox Trot
Tiddle-de-Winks. Fox Trot
Tokio Rag
Triangle Jazz Blues
Try Me
Try Me. Fox Trot
Try Me. Fox Trot
Universal Rag
Waitin’ For Me
Waiting For The Sun To Come Out
Wake Up, America. March Song
Walkin’ The Dog. New Dance. Fox Trot Arrangement
Walking The Dog
Way Down In Iowa I’m Going To Hide Away
What’s The Matter Now? Blues Fox Trot
What’s The Matter Now? Blues Fox Trot
“When I Hear A Syncopated Tune. From “”Follies Of 1918″””
When It’s All Over. Jass One Step
When Verdi Plays The Hurdy Gurdy
When You Want ‘Em, You Can’t Get ‘Em. Fox Trot
When You’re Dancing The Old Fashioned Waltz
When You’re Dancing The Old Fashioned Waltz
Where The Black-Eyed Susans Grow
Whip-Poor-Will
Whispering
“Whose Baby Are You? From “”The Night Boat”” One Step And Song Roll”
Whose Little Heart Are You Breaking Now?
Whose Pretty Baby Are You Now? Saxaphone Arrangement
Wild And Wooly
Wild Cherries Rag
Wild Cherries Rag
Wild Cherries Rag
Wild Cherries Rag
Wild Cherries Rag
Wild Cherries Rag
Wild Cherries Rag
Wild Cherries. Rag
Wild Cherries. Rag
Wild Flower Rag
Wild Flower Rag
Wild Honey Fox Trot
William’s Wedding Rag
“Winter Garden Glide. “”As Introduced In The Winter Garden”””
Winter Garden Rag, The
Wooly Wools. Cake Walk
“Wriggley Rag, The. From The Comic Opera “”All Aboard”””
“Wriggley Rag. From Lew Field’s “”All Aboard””. For Dancing”
Wyoming Prance, The
X.L. Rag
Yah-De-Dah. Tango Banjo Fox Trot
Yankee Dandy Cakewalk
Yankee Land
“Yankianna Rag. From “”Miss Innocence”” Two Step”
Yellow Dog Blues
Yellow Dog Blues
Yellow Dog Rag
Yellow Rose Rag
Y-HO Eddie Rag Onestep
Yiddisha Rag
You And The Moon And A Ragtime Tune
You Can Have It, I Don’t Want It. Jazz Fox Trot
You Can’t Get Along When You’re With ‘Em Or Without ‘Em. Fox Trot Song
You Can’t Get Along When You’re With ‘Em Or Without ‘Em. Fox Trot Song
You Missed A Good Woman When You Picked All Over Me. Popular Song
You’d Never Know That Old Hometown of Mine
Your Daddy Will Be Proud Of You. Patriotic One Step
You’re On
You’re The Only Girl That Made Me Cry
Zebra Stripes & Crazy Top
Zu Zu Rag
Zu Zu Rag

Alpert, Pauline

Known as the “Whirlwind Pianist,” Pauline Alpert recorded many piano rolls, all for the Aeolian Company of New York.  These were issued on MelODee and DuoArt labels.  She also recorded 78rpm disks, the earliest of which were done for Victor.  Alpert played in a hot dance style, laced with novelty piano figurations.

Are You Lonesome Tonight
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Crazy Rhythm
Dear, On A Night Like This
Me And My Shadow
Minding The Baby (Alpert)
Rain On The Roof
The Song Is Ended
The Toy Trumpet
The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
Valse Parisienne
Where The Shy Little Violets Grow

Arden, Victor

All My Life
Don’t Bring Lulu
Good News
Peaceful Valley
Same Old Moon

Arden & Ohman

Love Will Find A Way

Arndt, Felix

Ballin’ The Jack
Hot Hands Rag
Junk Man Rag
Tandem Fox Trot
Teasing The Cat
Toots

Baker, Edythe

Edythe Baker was a prolific roll artist with a funky, bluesy style which she developed early in her career from listening to ragtime and jazz.  Her piano rolls are the only documentation of this style.  In the late 1920s Edythe moved to England where she recorded 78rpm records for English Columbia.  These records are in a dance piano style popular in Europe in those days; bearing absolutely no resemblance to her early piano rolls.

 

12th Street Blues
12th Street Rag
Any Way The Wind Blows
Avalon
Beale Street Blues
Blooie-Blooie (Baker)
Blue Hoosier Blues
Born And Bred In Old Kentucky
Dancin’ Dan
Dardanella Blues
Darktown Dancing School
Don’t Bring Lulu
Don’t Take Away Those Blues
Down By The River
Dreaming Blues (Baker)
Farewell Blues
Garrick Gaities Medley
Hard Hearted Hannah
Honey I’m In Love With You
Horses
I Know A Band That Needs No Leader
I Left My Door Open And My Daddy Walked Out
I Told You So
If You Hadn’t Gone Away
I’ll Always Keep A Corner In My Heart For Tennessee
I’ll Be True To The Girl Of My Dreams
I’ll Be With You When The Clouds Roll By
I’ll See You In C-U-B-A
I’ve Been Wanting You
I’ve Got A Song For Sale
Jailhouse Blues
Jazz Band Blues
Jazz Dance Repertoire
Jean
Joe Turner Blues
Kansas City Blues
Land Of Cotton Blues
Lawdy, Lawdy Blues
Learn To Do The Strut
Like We Used To Be
Lovey Came Back
Manhattan
Miami
My Gal
Never Let No One Man Worry Your Mind
No Man’s Mamma
Omaha Blues
Play ‘Em For Mama, Sing ‘Em For Me
Play Me A Tune
Racing Blues
Railroad Blues
Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues
Royal Garden Blues
Shoeboot’s Serenade
Sob Sister Sadie
Somehow Or Other
Sorrowful Blues
Somebody’s Wrong
St. Louis Blues
Steamboat Sal
Steppin’ In Society
Swanee Blues
Sweet Man
Tishomingo Blues
What A Day That’ll Be
When You’re Good, You’re Lonesome
Where’s My Sweetie Hiding?
Why Don’t You Drive My Blues Away?
Won’t You Be My Sweet Man?
Yellow Dog Rag
Yes Sir, That’s My Baby
You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet

Banta, Frank

Frank E. Banta was an enormously talented pianist who recorded many 78rpm disks and a very large number of piano rolls.  He was the son of Frank P. Banta, an early ragtime accompanist and one of the first pianists to ever be heard on records.  Most of Banta’s considerable roll output was recorded for the Aeolian company and issued on MelODee and DuoArt labels.  In the late 1920s he also recorded a number of Ampico rolls.

 

A Bunch Of Keys
Boll Weevil Blues
Death Letter Blues
In A Boat

Bargy, Roy

A Blue Streak
All The Boys Love Mary
All The Quakers Are Shoulder Shakers
Bargin’ In
Behave Yourself
Bimini Bay
Bless My Suwanee River Home
Bright Eyes
Bye Bye Pretty Baby
Chili Bean
Chloe
Close To Your Heart
Cookie
Daisy Days
Dance-O-Mania
Dangerous Blues
Dardanella
Desert Dreams
Ditto
Do You Ever Think Of Me?
Everybody’s Crazy Over Dixie
Feather Your Nest
Feedin’ The Kitty 1
Feedin’ The Kitty 2
Flapperette
Foolish Child 1
Foolish Child 2
Grieving For You
Heart Breaking Baby Doll
Honey Rose
How Sorry You’ll Be
Hula Blues
I Love You Sunday
I Never Knew
I Told You So
I Used To Call Her Baby
I’d Love To Fall Asleep And Wake Up In My Mammy’s Arms
I’m Doublin’ Back To Dublin
In Gay Havana
In Old Manila
In Sweet September
I’ve Got The Blues For My Old Kentucky Home
Jim Jams 1
Jim Jams 2
Jim Jams 3
June
Just Another Day Wasted Away
Just Leave It To Me
Just Like A Gypsy
Justin Tyme 1
Justin Tyme 2
Justin Tyme 3
Justin Tyme 4
Karavan
Knice And Knifty 1
Knice And Knifty 2
Left All Alone Again Blues
Lonely
Margie
My Baby’s Arms
My Little Bimbo Down On The Bamboo Isle
My Ohio Home
My Sahara Rose
My Sunny Tennessee
Nightingale
Nobody Knows
Now And Then
O
Oh Me, Oh My
Omeomy
Only
Oriental Stars
Palesteena
Pianoflage 1
Pianoflage 2
Pianoflage 3
Pianoflage 4
Pianoflage 5
Poor Little Butterfly Is A Fly Gal Now
Purple Rose Of Cairo
Ragadora
Railroad Blues
Rickety Stairs
Rock-A-Bye Lullaby Mammy
Rose
Rose Of The Orient
Rose Of Washington Square
Ruffenreddy 1
Ruffenreddy 2
Ruffenreddy 3
Santa Claus Blues
Scandinavia
Slipova 1
Slipova 2
Slipova 3
Somebody’s Eyes
Spanish Moon
Spread Yo’ Stuff
Stolen Kisses
Stop Thief
Sunny Weather Friends
Sunshine Capers 1
Sunshine Capers 2
Sunshine Capers 3
Swanee
Sweet And Tender
Sweetie O’ Mine
Taxi
Temptation Blues
Think Of Me, Little Daddy
Those Honky Tonky Ditties
Toddle
Venetian Moon
Wait Till You Get Them Up In The Air, Boys
Weep No More My Mammy
What’s Worth While Getting Is Worth While Waiting For
Whispering
Who Wants A Baby?
Yokohama Lullaby
You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet
You’re The Only Girl That Made Me Cry

Belasco, Lionel

Bajan Girl
Barbados Blues
Black Star Line
Buddy Abraham
Caracas
Caribbean Honeymoon
Cindy, Oh Cindy
Fan Me, Soldier Mon, Fan Me
Go ‘Way, Gal
Hard Times
Katie
Matthew’s Lane
My Jamaica
See What You Do Argoes Paper
Sly-Mon-Goose
Stone Cold Dead In The Market
Sweet Elaine
Sweet Willie
Tay Lay Lay
Trinidad Carnival 1922
Woman Sweeter Than Man

Bentz, Edna

This artist was a trained classical pianist who took an active and very creative interest in ragtime.  She recorded several of her ragtime compositions for the Aeolian Company, and these were issued on Universal, Metro-Art, and Duo-Art Labels.  Bentz copyrighted manuscript versions of each tune, but they were never published.

 

Afternoon Of A Fox
Pink Tea Fox Trot
Soft Shoe Fox Trot
Valse Volplane

Billings, Robert

If You’re A Dream
Katinka
Lonesome Mamma Blues
Milenberg Joys
Slave Of Love

Blake, Eubie

Arkansas Blues
Boll Weevil Blues
Britwood Rag
Broadway Blues
Bugle Call Rag (1)
Bugle Call Rag (2)
Bugle Call Rag (3)
Bugle Call Rag (4)
Bugle Call Rag (5)
Charleston Rag
Chevy Chase (1)
Chevy Chase (2)
Chevy Chase (3)
Chevy Chase (4)
Chevy Chase (5)
Chinese Lullaby
Crazy Blues
Dangerous Blues
Dictys On 7th Avenue
Don’t Tell Your Monkey Man
Down Home Blues
Dream Rag
Eubie’s Classical Rag
Ev’rybody’s Crazy ‘Bout The Doggone Blues
Fare Thee Honey Blues
Fizz Water
Gee, I Wish I Had Someone To Rock Me
Goodnight Angeline (1)
Goodnight Angeline (2)
Goodnight Angeline (3)
Home Again Blues
Hunkatin
If You Don’t Want Me Blues
I’m Just Wild About Harry (1)
I’m Just Wild About Harry (2)
It’s Right Here For You
Kentucky Home Fox Trot (pb Hughe Woolford, Eubie’s Friend)
Love Will Find A Way (1)
Love Will Find A Way (2)
Love Will Find A Way (3)
Love Will Find A Way (4)
Ma!
Memories Of You
Memphis Blues
Merry Widow Rag
Mirandy (1)
Mirandy (2)
My Sweetie
Negro Spirituals
Poor Jimmy Green
Poor Katie Redd
Rain Song
Rhapsody In Ragtime
Roumania
Save Your Money, John
Schubert Gaieties Of 1919 Medley
Shuffle Along Medley
Slave Of Love
Somebody’s Done Me Wrong
Strut Miss Lizzie
Tan Manhattan
Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes
The Baltimore Todalo
The Good Fellow Blues
Tricky Fingers
Troublesome Ivories
Wang Wang Blues
War Bride Blues
Ziegfeld Follies Of 1919 Medley

Bloom, Rube

Normandy
Then I’ll Be Happy

Blind Boone

Camp Meeting No. 1
Dixie
Gavotte Chromatic
Last Dream Waltz
Nearer My God To Thee
Rag Medley No. 2
When You And I Were Young, Maggie
Woodland Murmurs

Blythe, James

Jimmy Blythe was only 30 years old when he passed away in 1931, but he left behind a huge legacy of recordings.  Along with 78rpm’s he also recorded many hand-played piano rolls.  One of the true originators of the “South Side Chicago” jazz piano style, Blythe was a pioneer in the use of walking bass, i.e. boogie-woogie, along with elements of stride piano.  This page is dedicated to Blythe, with the posting of all the existing piano rolls which can definitely be attributed to his genius.

 

A New Kind Of Man With A New Kind Of Love For Me
Alley Rat
Armour Avenue Struggle
Barney Google
Beale Street Mamma
Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
Black Eyed Blues
Blackin’ Blues
Blue Hoosier Blues
Blue Rose
Boardwalk Blues
Bow To Your Papa
By The Shalimar
Chicago Stomps
Copenhagen
Covered Wagon Days
Crinoline Days
Crying For You
Cuddle Up Blues
Cut Yourself A Piece Of Cake
Dancin’ Dan
Dearest (You’re The Nearest To My Heart)
Deep In My Heart
Deep In My Heart (alternate)
Down Hearted Blues
Echoes From My Old Plantation Home
Ellis Building Stomp
Everything’s Gonna Be All Right
Farewell Blues
Georgia Cabin Door
Girl Of My Dreams
Gulf Coast Blues
Handful Of Keys
Hawaiian Rainbow
Hawaiian Slumbertime
He May Be Your Dog, But He Wears My Collar
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes
High Brown Blues
Hilo
Hot Lips
Hot Spring Waters Blues
Hula Lou
I Ain’t Never Had Nobody Crazy Over Me
I Don’t Care Whose Mamma You Were
I Don’t Want Nobody But You
I Wonder Who’s Dancing With You Tonight
I’d Love To Call You My Sweetheart
Idolizing
I’m All Broken Up Over You
I’m Sittin’ Pretty In A Pretty Little City
In Rosetime
In The Evening
In The Jailhouse Now
It’s Hot – Leave It Alone
It’s Not The First Time You Left Me
It’s Tight Like That
I’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Bananas Blues
Jackass Blues
Jelly’s Blues
Jimmie Blues
Kansas City Man Blues
Keep Off My Shoes
Keep On Building Castles In The Air
Keeps On A-Rainin’ Papa, He Can’t Make No Time
Land Of Cotton Blues
Last Night On The Back Porch
Laughin’ Cryin’ Blues
Little Rover
Louise
Mad ‘Cause You Treat Me This Way
Mamma Goes Where Papa Goes
Mamma Loves Papa
Me Too
Mean Mean Mamma
Mecca Flat Blues
Mr. Freddie Blues 1
Mr. Freddie Blues 2
My Baby
My Cradle Melody
My Cutey’s Due At Two-To-Two Today
My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
My Sally
Nicaragua Blues
No One Knows What It’s All About
One O’ These Days
Only A Butterfly
Oriental Man
Pickin’ ‘Em Up And Layin’ ‘Em Down
Pipe Organ Blues
Poor Little Me Blues
Poor Papa
Red Hot Charleston
Regal Stomp
Runnin’ Wild
Sally
Saw Mill River Road
Say It While Dancing
School Day Sweethearts
Searching For A Flat
Seven Or Eleven
Shake That Thing
Shanghai Honeymoon
She Knows Her Onions
She Was Just A Sailor’s Sweetheart
She Wouldn’t Do What I Asked Her To
She’s Still My Baby
Shine
Sister Kate
Sleepy Head
Sob Sister Sadie
Sobbin’ Blues
Somebody’s Lonely
Someone Is Losin’ Susan
Spanish Shawl
St. James Infirmary
Sugar Blues
Sweet Child
Sweet Indiana Home
Sweet Southern Breeze
Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-nez If I Do
Take This Rose
Tell All The Folks In Kentucky
Tempr’mental Papa
That’s My Girl
That’s Why I Love You
The Pump Song
The Sneak
There Are Two Sides To Every Story
Three O’Clock In The Morning
Tia Juana
Till My Luck Comes Rolling Along
Tonight’s My Night With Baby
Triflin’ Blues
Tripping Along
Trudy
Underworld Blues
Until We Meet Again, Sweetheart
Want A Little Lovin’
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
What Do We Care If It’s One O’Clock
When Mother Sings Sweet And Low
When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
When The Leaves Come Tumbling Down
When You And I Were Young, Maggie Blues
Whenever You’re Lonesome
Where’d You Get Those Eyes
Who Wouldn’t
Who Wouldn’t Be Blue
Who’s Sorry Now
Why Don’t My Dreams Come True
Wolverine Blues
Your Time Now (‘Twill Be Mine After Awhile)
You’re Always Messin’ ‘Round With My Man
You’re More Like A Pal Than A Sweetheart

Bryan, Frederick M.

A rag composer of considerable merit based on his two published rags; “Sunset Rag” (also known as “Bell Hop Rag”) and “Sugar Plum Rag” (also known as “Sugar Lump Fox Trot”), Frederick M. Bryan was one of the earliest recording artists, making rolls for the Aeolian Corporation as early as 1912.

 

Waiting For The Robert E. Lee

Bryant, Russell

To this day it is not known whether this artist was a “real” person or a pseudonym for another pianist, such as Pete Wendling, Max Kortlander or Phil Goldberg.  The Russell Bryant artist credit is only found on QRS Autograph rolls.  These rolls are all good examples of ragtime piano playing.

 

The Letter That Never Reached Home

Carroll, Adam

Adam Carroll

Clair, Herbert

A Good Man Is Hard To Find
A Rainbow From The U.S.A.
Ain’t You Ashamed?
American Beauty
Bluin’ The Blues
Deuces Wild Rag
Everybody Shimmies Now
Everything Is Peaches Down In Georgia
How Are You Goin’ To Wet Your Whistle
How’d You Like To Be My Daddy
I Want A Doll
I Want My Old Girl Back
I’ll Think Of You, Will You Think Of Me
Indianola
I’ve Got The Yes We Have No Bananas Blues
Kitten On The Keys
My Pet
Oh Susannah
Rip Wan Winkle Slept With One Eye Open
The Life Of A Rose
The Lonesome Blues
The Music Of The Wedding Chimes
When I Hear A Syncopated Tune
When You See Another Sweetie Hanging Around
Would You Rather Be A Colonel With An Eagle On Your Shoulder Or A Private With A Chicken On Your Knee

Confrey, Edward Zez

Edward Elzear “Zez” Confrey was one of the most talented and original American composer-pianists. After service in WWI, his musical career was launched by employment with the QRS Music Roll Co. He worked for QRS until about 1924, and then moved to the Ampico Corporation to make rolls for them.
Confrey also recorded 78rpm records for Victor and Brunswick.  His rolls for QRS demonstrate immense invention and cleverness.  In his decade long career as a music roll arranger, he produced over 150 titles, most all of which bear his distinctive novelty piano trademark.

 

A Baby In Love
A Picture Without A Frame
A Smile Will Go A Long, Long Way
Afganistan
African Suite
Ah-Ha
All Muddled Up
All My Life
Are You Sorry
At The High Brown Babies Ball
Barcarola
Bebe
Biddy
Blue
Buddha
Burning Sands
By The Campfire
By The Sapphire Sea
By The Shalimar
By The Silvery Nile
By The Waters Of Minnetonka
Cairo
Charleston
Charleston Medley
Cheatin’ On Me
Cho-Cho-San
Coaxing The Piano
Cutey
Dear Little Rose
Dear Old Daddy Long Legs
Della Robbia
Desert Dreams
Dizzy Fingers pb Victor Arden
Dizzy Fingers pb Lee Sims
Dizzy Fingers pb Zez Confrey
Dream Street
Dreams Of India
Dumbell
Egyptland
Eilhu’s Harmonica
Everything’s Gonna Be All Right
Falling
Fancies
Fantasy Of Today
Fascinating Rhythm
Fate
Flower Garden Blues
Flutter By, Butterfly
Flutter On By, My Broadway Butterfly
Fond Of You
Fuzzy Wuzzy Bird
Gee But I Hate To Go Home Alone
Gimme A Little Kiss, Will Ya’ Huh
Gone (But Still In My Heart)
Good News
Greenwich Witch
Grieving For You
Gypsy Lady, I Love You
Have You Forgotten
Hearts
Hello Prosperity
Honey Rose
Humorestless
I Cried For You
I Never Knew How Wonderful You Were
I Want A Doll
I Want My Mammy
I Want You Morning, Noon And Night
If Shamrocks Grew Along The Swanee Shore
If You Hadn’t Gone Away
Ilo
I’m Goin’ To Settle Down Outside Of London Town
I’m Tired Of Everything But You
I’m Waiting For Ships That Never Come In 1
I’m Waiting For Ships That Never Come In 2
In Soudan
It’s All Over Now
Jabberwocky
Japanese Sandman (Common Version)
Japanese Sandman (Composite Version)
Japanese Sandman (Rare Version)
Jay Walk
Jerry
Johnny’s In Town
Just For Me And Mary
Kamel Land
Karavan
Keep On Building Castles In The Air
Kitten On The Keys 1
Kitten On The Keys 2
Kitten On The Keys 3
Kitten On The Keys 3
Kitten On The Keys 4
Kitten On The Keys 5
Kitten On The Keys 6
Kitten On The Keys 7
Kitten On The Keys 8
La Veeda
Let It Rain, Let It Pour
Let’s Talk About My Sweetie
Little Thoughts
Loud Speakin’ Papa
Lullaby From Mars
Mandy N’ Me
Manhattan
Me Too
Midsummer’s Nightmare
Mighty Lackawanna
Mo-Na-Lu
Monavanna
Mouse’s Hoofs
Musical Comedy Favorites No. 8
My Castle In Spain
My Daddy
My Gal
My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
My Pet 1
My Pet 2
My Song Of India
Na-Jo
Napoli
Never Mind
No Man’s Mamma
Oh Lady Be Good
Oh Sing-A-Loo
Oh Flo
Oh If I Only Had You
On The Alamo
Over The Top
Patsy
Pharaoh Land
Pickle Pepper Polka
Pickles
Play That Song Of India Again
Pleading
Poor Buttermilk
Purple Rose Of Cairo
Putting On The Dog
Rag Doll Carnival
Rainy Day Blues
Razzberries
Red Lantern
Roaming
Rose Of Babylon
Rose Of Sunny Italy
Rose Of The Rio Grande
Ruspana
Sahara
Sal-O-May
Save Your Sorrow
Say It With A Red, Red Rose
She Walks In Her Husband’s Sleep
Sing Song Man
Sittin’ On A Log, Pettin’ My Dog
Smilin’
Some Sunny Day
Some Sweet Summer Night
Somebody
Somebody Else Took You Out Of My Arms
Sometimes I’m Happy
Sport Model Encore
Spring Song
Stumbling (Solo Version)
Stumbling (Trio Version)
Stuttering
Suez
Sunshine
Sunshine From The Fingers
Sweet Child
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Little You
Sweet Man
Tents Of Arabs
That Certain Feeling
That Thing Called Love
The Crocodile
The Sheik Of Araby 1
The Sheik Of Araby 2
The Sheriff’s Lament
The Sneak
Then I’ll Be Happy
There’s A Lot Of Blue-Eyed Marys Down In Maryland
Titina
Toddle
Tricks
Turkestan
Two Little Love Birds
Ty-Tee
Underneath The Palms
Waltz Mirage
What Can I Say After I Say I’m Sorry
When Buddha Smiles
When I Think Of You
When Mammy Sings A Southern Lullaby
Where The Bamboo Babies Grow
Where The Lazy Daisies Grow
Who’ll Dry Your Tears When You Cry
Why Couldn’t It Be Poor Little Me
Wise Cracker Suite
Yogiland
Yokel Opus
You Tell ‘Em, Ivories
You Told Me To Go

Cook, J.Lawrence

This gentleman holds the distinction of having cut more piano rolls than anyone else in history. The actual number of rolls J.Lawrence Cook made is not known, but estimates run into the thousands.  He cut his first rolls on a home punching machine, and sent the masters to the US Music Company in Chicago.  Later on he came to work for the QRS Company, an association which lasted for over 50 years.  Cook used many pseudonyms throughout his long career, a few of which include Sid Laney, Harold Scott, Jeff Watters, and Walter Redding (the latter only on post-1922 roll issues).
My goal here is certainly not to attempt the recording and archiving of all of J. Lawrence Cook’s rolls.  This page will concentrate upon his 1920s recordings, particularly those which he personally composed.  Later rolls will also be included if they fall into the same categories.

 

Don’t Try To High-Hat Me (Cook)
Falling Rain Blues
Soul Stuff (Cook)
Whicker Bill Blues (Cook)

Crowder, Henry

Crowder was another of the Chicago-based pianists who recorded rolls for the Capitol Roll & Record Company.

 

I’m Happy, You’re Happy, We’re Happy Too
I’m Walking Around In Circles
I’ve Found A New Baby 1
I’ve Found A New Baby 2
Looking At The World Through Rose Colored Glasses 1
Looking At The World Through Rose Colored Glasses 2
Meadow Lark 1
Meadow Lark 2
Precious

Davenport, Charles

Atlanta Rag
Cow Cow Blues 1
Cow Cow Blues 2
Cow Cow Blues 3
Cow Cow Blues 4
Cow Cow Blues 5
Cow Cow Blues 6
Death Shadows Blues
Fifth Street Blues
Get It Fixed
He Sho’ Don’t Mean No Harm
Hurry And Bring It Home Blues
Low Down Blues
Mean Man Blues
Original Blues

Delcamp, J.Milton

Delcamp, J.Milton

Dett, R.Nathaniel

Juba Dance
Magnolia Suite, Movement 1
Magnolia Suite, Movements 2 & 3
Magnolia Suite, Movement 4

Eldridge, Al

Al Eldridge was pianist for the famous Gene Rodemich Orchestra. Along with Rodemich and Alistair Wylie, he appeared on many great Rodemich recordings for Brunswick.  He made a number of rolls for Imperial iin Chicago.  Almost all of the Al Eldridge piano rolls are in the hot one-step vein, and some renditions are very excitiing.

 

At The Chocolate Bon Bon Ball
Aunt Jemima’s Jubilee
Cuban Moon
Down Around The Sip, Sip, Sippy Shore
Floatin’ Down To Cotton Town
Fluffy Ruffles
Girls Of My Dreams
He Went In Like A Lion And Came Out Like A Lamb
I Found A Rose In The Devil’s Garden
I Love The Land Of Old Black Joe
I Want To Go To The Land Where The Sweet Daddies Grow
I’ll Buy The Blarney Castle
In The Dusk
It Was In Beautiful Dreamland
Just For Today
Just Like The Rose
Kitten On The Keys
Lone Star
Ma! He’s Makin’ Eyes At Me
My China Man
My Gal
My Home Town Is A One Horse Town
Noah’s Wife Lived A Wonderful Life
Oh Joe, Get Your Fiddle And Your Bow
O-H-I-O
On The Streets Of Cairo
Rainbow Of My Dreams
Second Hand Rose
Sunny Southern Smiles
Tell Me, Little Gypsy
They Called It The Dixie Blues
They’re All Sweeties

Ellis, Seger

Mamma Blues
Texas Wail Blues 1
Texas Wail Blues 2
Texas Wail Blues 3

Erlebach, Rudy O.

Rudolph O. Erlebach was one of the most prolific roll arrangers of all time; most likely second in output only to J.Lawrence Cook.  He started making rolls for the Aeolian Company in the late ‘teens.  These rolls were issued on MelODee, Universal and DuoArt labels.  Around 1925 Erlebach started to work for the Connorized Music Company in New York City.  In 1928 Connorzied became the Paramount Music Roll Company, and Rudy Erlebach was apparently their only arranger.  To hide this fact, rolls were issued with various pseudonyms such as Al Johnson, Larry Arden or Jim Rooney.  All of these rolls were in fact Rudy’s work.  It is on the Paramount label that he truly shines as an arranger.  The characteristic syncopation which we like to call the “Erlebach Rock” is truly unique. Unfortunately during the Depression the rolls were perforated on a cheap, high sulfur content paper which today is extremely brittle and prone to crack.  Many of these rolls would be completely lost were it not for the advent of optical scanning technology.

 

A Cottage For Sale
A Faded Summer Love
A Fool In Love
A Garden In The Rain
A Gay Caballero
A Little Kiss Each Morning
A Star Fell Out Of Heaven
Adorable
Ah, But Is This Love
Ain’t Misbehavin’
All American Girl
All By Yourself In The Moonlight
All Of Me
Always In All Ways
Am I Blue
And Especially You
Another Perfect Day Has Passed Away
Aren’t We All
Baby’s Birthday Party
Baltimore
Beautiful Girl
Believe It, Beloved
Beside An Open Fireplace
Beyond The Blue Horizon
Bigger And Better Than Ever
Bless Your Heart
Blue Again
Blue Hawaii
Blue Kentucky Moon
Blue Moon
Body And Soul
Breakaway
Build A Little Home
By My Side
By The Sycamore Tree
By The Way
Bye Bye Blues
Cause My Baby Says It’s So
Chant Of The Jungle
Charlie Cadet
Chasing Shadows
Cheek To Cheek
Clouds
Come To Me
Coquette
Crying For The Carolines
Dance Away The Night
Dance Of The Paper Dolls
Deep Night
Delishious
Did I Remember
Did You Ever See A Dream Walking
Dixie Lee
Do Something
Double Trouble
Down A Carolina Lane
Down The River Of Golden Dreams
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Good Night Sweetheart
Home
I Get The Blues When It Rains
I Like To Do Things For You
I Was Introduced To Heaven
I Wish I Were Twins
I’ll Be Blue Just Thinking Of You
I’ll Never Say Never Again Again
I’m Happy When You’re Happy
I’m In The Mood For Love
I’m Keepin’ Company
I’m That Way Over You
It Isn’t Fair
It’s The Girl
Just A Gigolo
Just A Little Closer
Kansas City Kitty
Lies
Little Sunshine
Little White Lies
Livin’ In The Sunlight, Lovin’ In The Moonlight
Lonely Wine
Louise
Makin’ Faces At The Man In The Moon
Night Owl
Overnight
Piccolo Pete
Redskin
Sally
Satisfied
Say Young Lady
Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia
Shuffle Off To Buffalo
Sing Baby Sing
Slumming On Park Avenue
Snuggled On Your Shoulder
S’posin’
Stolen Moments
Sunnyside Up
Swingin’ In A Hammock
Tain’t No Sin
Take My Heart
Telling It To The Daisies
The Beat O’ My Heart
The Continental
The Day You Came Along
The River And Me
The Stars And Stripes Forever
Tiger Rag
Turn On The Heat
What Is Life Without Love
What’s The Use
When Kentucky Bids The World Good Morning
Where Are You, Dream Girl
Why Can’t You
Why Dance
Why Did You
You Darlin’
You’re The Cream In My Coffee

Ewell, Don

The great traditional jazz pianist Don Ewell never recorded player piano rolls, but many of his greatest performances were preserved on rolls through the efforts of my dear, late friend John Farrell. John had an incredible musical ear for transcribing recordings, and left behind a legacy of many hundreds of piano roll transcriptions.

 

Frisco Rider
Glad Rag Doll
I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody
I’m Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee
Love Is Just Around The Corner
Michigan Water Blues
Muskrat Ramble
Oh, Baby
Rip ‘Em Up, Joe (or Funky Butt Rag)
Sweet Substitute
Weatherbird Rag
Willie The Weeper
Yellow Dog Blues

Fairchild, Edgar

Fairchild, Edgar

Fowler, Lemuel

One of the great Black pianists of the 1920s, Lem Fowler was professionally active in both Chicago and New York City. He recorded extensively on Columbia records, and made his first piano rolls for the US Music Company in Chicago. Later, Fowler went on to make a number of rolls for the QRS Company. Two of his QRS rolls have never surfaced to date; these being “Scat Mr. Sweetback” and “Jealous Mamma Blues.”

 

Delia Blues
Double Crossin’ Daddy
Down And Out Blues
Four-Flushin’ Papa
Fowler’s Hot Strut
Gin Mill Blues
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes 1
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes 2
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes 3
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes 4
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes 5
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes 6
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes 7
How’m I Doin’ – Hey Hey
L & N Blues
Number Runner’s Blues
Percolatin’ Blues 1
Percolatin’ Blues 2
Satisfied Blues 1
Satisfied Blues 2
Showin’ Out
Sleepy Hollow 1
Sleepy Hollow 2
Sleepy Hollow 3
Squabblin’ The Blues
Steppin’ Ol’ Fool
The Wicked Fives (Dirty Fives)
Whip It To A Jelly 1
Whip It To A Jelly 2
Whip It To A Jelly 3
You Got Ev’rything A Sweet Mamma Needs But Me 1
You Got Ev’rything A Sweet Mamma Needs But Me 2

Franklin, Malvin M.

Franklin was professionally active as a rag and popular song composer, and made piano rolls for the American Piano Control (Rhythmodik and Solostyle labels) in the very earliest years of hand-played rolls, ca. 1912-1915. Also it is possible (but not confirmed) that he appeared on rolls using the pseudonym “Burt” Franklin. Rolls played by Burt Franklin are also of ragtime interest as they start roughly 1916. The earliest Burt Franklin rolls were recorded for the Imperial Company of Chicago, and feature some excellent ragtime performances similar to the work of Charley Straight.

 

Someday They’re Coming Home Again

Gershwin, George

George Gershwin’s first musical efforts were preserved on piano roll recordings.  As a teenager, he made rolls for the Standard Music Roll Company of Orange, NJ, which issued his performances/arrangements on Perfection and Arto labels.  From 1920-25, Gershwin recorded exclusively for the Aeolian Corporation of New York, which issued rolls on the MelODee and DuoArt labels.

 

A Young Man’s Fancy
Ain’t You Coming Back To Dixieland?
And They Called It Dixieland
Arrah Go On, I’m Gonna Go Back To Oregon
At The Fountain Of Youth
Bantam Step
Because You’re Irish
Bring Along Your Dancing Shoes
Buzzin’ The Bee
Chinese Blues
Chu-Chin-Chow
City Of Dreams
Come On To Nashville
Come To The Moon
Darling
Down Where The Swanee River Flows
Drifting Along With The Tide
East Is West
First Rose Of Summer
For Your Country And My Country
From Now On
Garden Of My Dreams
Girl Of My Heart
Give A Little Credit To Your Dad
Good-Bye, Good Luck, God Bless You
Gott Und Sein Mishpot Is Gerecht
Grieving For You
Havanola
Hello Wisconsin
Hesitation Blues
Honky Tonky
Honolulu Blues
How Is Every Little Thing In Dixie?
Huckleberry Finn
I Gave My Heart And Hand To Someone In Dixieland
I Was Never Nearer Heaven In My Life
I Was So Young, You Were So Beautiful
I Wonder Whether
I’d Ask No More
Idol Dreams
If A Wish Could Make It So
If You’ll Come Back To My Garden Of Love
I’m A Lonesome Little Raindrop
I’m Down In Honolulu Looking Them Over
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
In A Boat
International Fox Trot
It’s A Cute Little Way Of My Own
Jazamine
Just A Word Of Sympathy
Just Snap Your Fingers At Care
Kangaroo Hop
Kickin’ The Clouds Away
Land Where Journeys End
Land Where The Good Songs Go
Left All Alone Again Blues
Lily Of The Valley
Limehouse Nights
Little Tune, Go Away
Make Believe
Mammy’s Little Coal Black Rose
Mr. Jazz Himself
My Faultless Pajama Girl
My Sweetie
Nat’an, Nat’an
Nobody But You
Novelette In Fourths
Oh Joe, With Your Fiddle And Bow
Oh Promise Me That You’ll Come Back To Alabam’
Oh My Dear Medley
On My Mind The Whole Night Long (Blues)
Pastime Rag No. 3
Poppy Land
Rhapsody In Blue  (pb George Gershwin)
Rhapsody In Blue  (pb Beryl Rubinstein)
Rhapsody In Blue Theme 1
Rhapsody In Blue Theme 2
Rialto Ripples Rag 1
Rialto Ripples Rag 2
Rialto Ripples Rag 3
Rock-A-Bye Lullaby Mammy
Ruby Rag
Scandal Walk 1
Scandal Walk 2
Scandal Walk 3
She’s Dixie All The Time
Siam, How Lonesome I Am
Singin’ The Blues
So Am I
So Long, Sammy
Some Girls Do And Some Girls Don’t
Some Sunday Morning
Some Sweet Day
Sometime
Somewhere There’s A Little Cottage Standing
Southern Gals
Swanee
Sweet And Low Down
Sweet Little Stranger
Sweetheart Shop Selections
Tee-Oodle-Um-Bum-Bo
That Certain Party
The Picture I Want To See
The Story Book Ball
The Sweetest Little Girl In Tennessee
Tiddle-De-Winks
Tulip Time
Waitin’ For Me
Wake Up, America
Walkin’ The Dog
Way Down In Iowa I’m Going To Hide Away
When I Hear A Syncopated Tune
When It’s All Over
When Verdi Plays The Hurdy Gurdy
When You Want ‘Em, You Can’t Get ‘Em
When You’re Dancing The Old Fashioned Waltz 1
When You’re Dancing The Old Fashioned Waltz 2
Where The Black-Eyed Susans Grow
Whip-Poor-Will
Whispering
Whose Baby Are You?
Whose Little Heart Are You Breaking Now?
Whose Pretty Baby Are You Now?
Yearning
You Can’t Get Along When You’re With ‘Em Or Without ‘Em 1
You Can’t Get Along When You’re With ‘Em Or Without ‘Em 2
You Never Know
You’re A Dog-Gone Dangerous Girl

Goldberg, Phil

A greatly talented player of hot ragtime, Phil Goldberg composed at least three rags; “Saskatoon Rag,” “Lucia Rag”, being a ragtime take-off on the Sextette from “Lucia di Lammermoor , and “Hearts And Hands Rag” which was also issued under the title of “Those Harmelodic Blues”. Goldberg’s playing style is unique and very different from fellow QRS artists Charley Straight and Pete Wendling. Goldberg also made a few rolls for the US Music Company and Wurlitzer (Rolla Artis label), both of Chicago.

 

38th Street Rag
At The Old Plantation Ball
Down Home In Tennessee
Fare Thee Honey Babe Blues
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing 1
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing 2
Hearts And Hands Rag
It’s Tulip Time In Holland
Lucia Rag
Magic Melody
Memphis Blues
Nobody – Blues
Norway
Saskatoon Rag
The Syncopated Walk
You’d Never Know That Old Home Town Of Mine

Hayes, Edgar

Edgar Hayes was an exceptionally talented pianist and bandleader, who during the 1920s made quite a number of rolls for the Vocalstyle Music Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. His hot playing style is almost always immediately recognizable. Hayes recorded under his own name and the pseudonym Cecil E. VanLeeuwe. There are also a very few rolls credited to Cliff Lang and Sam Jones (doubtful as “real” players) which are obviously Edgar Hayes’ playing.

 

A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich And You
After I Say I’m Sorry
Ah-Ha
Are You Sorry
Black Bottom
Charleston
Dinah
Flamin’ Mamie
Fond Of You
Freshie
Hot Hot Hottentot
If I Had A Girl Like You
I’ll Take Her Back If She Wants To Come Back
It Had To Be You
Jefferson County Blues
Looking For A Boy
Lulu Belle
Mighty Blue
Oh How I Love My Darling
Old Pal
On A Night Like This
One O’ These Days
Out Of A Million You’re The Only One
Peter Pan
Rose Marie
Shake That Thing
Show Me The Way To Go Home
So That’s The Kind Of A Girl You Are
Sobbing Hearted Blues
Song Of The Flame
Song Of The Vagabonds
The Only, Only One For Me
Those Matrimonial Blues
Too Tired
Who
Will You Remember Me
Yearning
You Flew Away From The Nest

Hill, Alex

Alex Hill was one of the great hot pianists active during the 1920s and early 1930s.  He passed away far too soon, just as his contemporaries Jimmy Blythe and Clarence Johnson.  Hill recorded a handful of 88-note rolls for the Capitol Music Company, but a far larger number of his performances were documented on rare Capitol A-rolls.  Unfortunately the A-roll labels only listed title information and no artist credits, but Alex Hill’s piano style shines through on many of them.  In addition to rolls, Hill recorded many 78rpm disks, all considered classics of jazz today.  He led an orchestra which recorded for Vocalion Records, and made a piano solo disk for Vocalion as well.  Hill also was an occasional participant in the Hokum Boys group,which usually featured piano, voice, bass and percussion.

 

Baby, Oh Where Can You Be
Collegiate Sam
Cryin’ For The Carolines
Happy Days Are Here Again
Shout, Sister, Shout
Singin’ In The Rain
Stompin’ ‘Em Down
Tack Head Blues
The Man From The South
Wishing And Waiting For Love

Honnert, John

One of the most prolific of the many recording artists who worked for the Capitol Roll And Record Company of Chicago, John Honnert was credited with hundreds of popular song titles. His roll recordings are always snappy and extremely well arranged, typical of the high musical standards of the Capitol Company.

 

All That I’m Asking Is Sympathy
Am I Blue
Any Corner Is A Cozy Corner
Aren’t We All
Away Down South In Heaven
Back In Your Own Back Yard
Beautiful Love
Because I Worship You
Beloved
Beside An Open Fireplace
Big City Blues
Cheer Up, Better Times Are Coming
Congratulations
Dance Of The Blue Danube
Darkness On The Delta
Don’t Be Like That
Dusky Stevedore
Feelin’ The Way I Do
Georgia Pines
Get Out And Get Under The Moon
Golden Gate
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
Hangin’ On The Garden Gate
Have A Little Faith In Me
I Can’t Do Without You
I Don’t Mind Walkin’ In The Rain
I Found A Million Dollar Baby
I Still Love You
I’d Rather Be Blue Over You
If I Had You
I’m Alone Because I Love You
I’m Following You
I’m In Seventh Heaven
I’m Thirsty For Kisses, Hungry For Love
It Goes Like This (That Funny Melody)
It Happened In Monterey
Kiss And Make Up
Little Pal
Little Sweetheart Of The Mountains
Little White Lies
Louise
Love Me
Me And The Girl Next Door
Molly
My Blue Ridge Mountain Home
My Fate Is In Your Hands
My Heart Stood Still
My Ohio Home
My Song Of The Nile
Nevertheless, I’m In Love With You
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
One Step To Heaven
Our Bungalow Of Dreams
Peace Of Mind
Piccolo Pete
Put That Sun Back In The Sky
Rag Doll
Ramona
Roses Of Yesterday
Sam Old Moon
Shine On, Harvest Moon
Shuffle Off To Buffalo
Sing You Sinners
Some Sweet Day
Song Of The Fool
Sorry
Sweetheart Of All My Dreams
Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi
Sweethearts On Parade
That’s What Puts The “Sweet” In Home Sweet Home
That’s Why I’m Jealous Of You
There’s A Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder
They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree
Three Little Words
Tin Pan Parade
Tip Toe Through The Tulips With Me
Too Busy
Turn On The Heat
Used To You
Varsity Drag
Weary River
What Is This Thing Called Love
When I Take My Sugar To Tea
When I Tip Toe Up Tucky Lane
Why Shouldn’t I
With You
Yours Sincerely

Ivers, Harold

Harold Ivers name is one that appears on early to mid-teens QRS Autograph rolls. Unlike some other names that are likely pseudonyms (e.g. Hal Pape), Ivers was a “real” composer and pianist. His tunes include “Pepper Pot” and “Sweet Pea Syncopated Waltz.” Ivers made a number of rolls, all played in a lively ragtime style.

 

Around The Map – Fox Trot Medley For Dancing
Follies Of 1915 Fox Trot Medley
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing 1
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing 2
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing 3
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing 4
One Step Medley For Dancing 1
One Step Medley For Dancing 2
One Step Medley For Dancing 3
That Hula Hula

Jackson, Cliff

One of the great Harlem stride pianists, Cliff Jackson made only two piano roll recordings during the early part of his career.  One for QRS “Hock Shop Blues” has surfaced but another one for MelODee “She Belongs To Me” has never been found to date.  The late John Farrell transcribed a number of Jackson’s wonderful stride performances and released these on limited issue player rolls.

 

Johnson, Arnold

Like Gene Rodemich, Arnold Johnson also led a dance orchestra, recording for Brunswick records in the early 1920s.  He recorded a handful of piano rolls, one for QRS and the others for Imperial.  His two rags, “Romin’ Around,” and “Tek-Nik-Ality Rag” are excellent and show his pianistic prowess.  Many of Arnold Johnson’s Imperial rolls are duets with Charley Straight.

 

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 Rock-A-Bye
America Never Took Water
At The Ragtime Stroller’s Ball
Come Love, Let Us Wander At Twilight
Davy Of The Navy
Goodbye France
Hindustan
It’s A Long Way To Dear Old Broadway
K-K-K-Katy
Longing
Oh What A Time For The Girlies
Romin’ Around (sic.)
Tek-Nik-Ality Rag 1
Tek-Nik-Ality Rag 2
The Rose Of No Man’s Land
Watch, Hope And Wait, Little Girl
When I Hear A Syncopated Tune
When We Meet In The Sweet Bye And Bye
When We Went To Sunday School
You’re Still An Old Sweetheart Of Mine
You’re The Greatest Little Mother In The World

Johnson, Clarence

Clarence “Jelly” Johnson was another of the great Chicago Southside pianists who recorded many piano rolls.  Unlike Blythe, Johnson did not record with jazz bands, although he did accompany vocalists on disks.  Both Johnson and Blythe recorded piano rolls for the Capitol Roll & Record Company of Chicago, the United States Music Company of Chicago, and the Staffnote Player Roll Company of Milwaukee.   Johnson’s rolls for the United States Music Company frequently (but not always) were done under the pseudonym of “Chet” Gordon; most likely to avoid conflict of interest with the Capitol Company.  His blues arrangements were clearly very well worked out in advance with painstaking attention to detail.

 

Afghanistan
After I Say I’m Sorry
Aggravatin’ Papa 1
Aggravatin’ Papa 2
Alabamy Mammy
Alcoholic Blues
Alexander’s Band Is Back In Dixieland
All By Myself
All Muddled Up
All The Quakers Are Shoulder Shakers
Always
Anything Is Nice If It Comes From Dixieland
At The High Brown Babies Ball
Aunt Hagar’s Blues
Aunt Hagar’s Children Blues
Away Down East In Maine
Baby Blue Eyes
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home 1
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home 2
Bambalina
Beale Street Blues
Bees Knees
Blue And Broken Hearted
Blue Danube Blues
Blue Evening Blues
Blue Eyed Blues
Blue Island Blues
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me 1
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me 2
Bow Wow Blues
Breeze, Blow My Baby Back To Me
Broadway Blues
Broken Hearted Blues
Burning Sands
California
California, Here I Come
Carolina Blues
Carolina Home
Cecilia
Charlestonette
Chasing The Blues
Choo Choo Blues 1
Choo Choo Blues 2
Colored Fingers Rag
Crazy Blues
Cry Baby Blues
Cuddle Up Blues
Dancing Fool
Dardanella
Dardanella Blues
Deep River
Dinky Doddle Dicky
Do Dah Blues
Don’t Blame It All On Me
Don’t Bring Me Posies
Don’t Care Blues
Don’t Tell Your Monkey Man
Don’t Think You’ll Be Missed
Doodle Doo Doo
Down Home Blues
Driftwood
Dumbell
Easy Stepper’s Ball
Eileen
Every Day
Everybody Stomp
Everybody Wants A Key To My Cellar
Falling
Family Trouble Blues
Fare Thee Honey Blues
Fate
Flamin’ Mamie
Flower Of Araby
Frisco’s Kitchen Stove Rag
Fummydiddle Blues
Gee But I Hate To Go Home Alone
Good Mornin’
Got To Cool My Doggies Now
Graveyard Bound Blues
Gulf Coast Blues 1
Gulf Coast Blues 2
Gypsy Love Song
Hard Hearted Hannah
Hawaiian Nightingale
Hawaiian Song Of Love
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes
Heart Breaking Baby Doll
He’s The Hottest Man In Town
Home Again Blues
House Of David Blues
How Are You Goin’ To Wet Your Whistle
How Come You Do Me Like You Do
Hula Blues
Humming Blues
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll
I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody
I Ain’t-En Got-En No Time To Have The Blues
I Left My Door Open And My Daddy Walked Out
I Like It
I Might Be Your Once-In-Awhile
I Must Have Company
I Need Some Pettin’
I Wish’t I Was In Peoria
If I Don’t Get The Sweetie I Want
If The Rest Of The World Don’t Want You
If You Hadn’t Gone Away
I’m Dying With The Worried Blues
I’m Goin’ Away To Wear You Off My Mind 1
I’m Goin’ Away To Wear You Off My Mind 2
I’m Goin’ Away To Wear You Off My Mind 3
I’m Gonna Charleston Back To Charleston
I’m Sitting On Top Of The World
I’m The Good Man That Was Hard To Find
In The Garden
Irene
It’s Right Here For You
I’ve Got A Cross-Eyed Papa, But He Looks Straight To Me
I’ve Got My Captain Working For Me Now
I’ve Got My Habits On
I’ve Got The Blues For My Kentucky Home
Ivy (Cling To Me)
Jamaica Ginger Blues
Jazz Babies Ball
Jazzola
Jean
Jelly’s Blues
Joe Oliver Blues
Joe Turner Blues
Just Because You’re You
Keep Yourself Together, Sweet Papa
Kiss Me Again
Lantern Of Love
Lazy (Partial Roll Only)
Lone Star
Lonesome Blues
Lonesome Mamma Blues
Loud Speakin’ Papa
Loveless Love
Lovely Lucerne
Low Down Papa 1
Low Down Papa 2
Lullaby Blues
Mandy
Maytime
Mellow Moon (Version A)
Mellow Moon (Version B)
Memphis Blues
Message Of The Violet
Midnight Blues 1
Midnight Blues 2
Milenberg Joys
Minnie, Shimmie For Me
Mobile Blues
Mo-Na-Lu
More
Morning Will Come
Muscle Shoals Blues
My Mammy
My Sunny Tennessee
Nestle In Your Daddy’s Arms
No Means Yes
No One But You
No Use Crying 1
No Use Crying 2
Nobody Knows
Nobody Lied
Nobody Loves Me Now
Oh Boy, What A Girl
Oh Say, Can I See You Tonight
Oh You Darktown Regimental Band
Oh How She Can Sing
Old Fashioned Love
Old Joe Blues
On A Night Like This
On The Gin, Gin, Ginny Shore
Only A Rose
Pack Up Your Sins And Go To The Devil
Pretty Kitty Kelly
Pullman Porter Blues
Put On The Ritz
Railroad Blues
Rainy Day Blues
Rock Me In My Swanee Cradle 1
Rock Me In My Swanee Cradle 2
Roll On Silvery Moon
Roses Of Picardy
Royal Garden Blues
Sad Hawaiian Sea
Save The Last Waltz For Me
Say Arabella, What’s A Fella To Do
Since I Love You
Slow And Easy
Someday, Sweetheart
Someone Loves You After All
Someone’s Stolen My Sweet Baby
Song Of Persia
St. Louis Blues
State Street Blues
Steppin’ Out
Stop It
Stumbling
Sugar Blues
Sunny
Swanee
Swanee Bluebird
Swanee Blues
Sweet Indiana Home
Sweet Kisses
Sweet Lovin’ Mamma
Sweet Mamma, Papa’s Getting Mad
Sweeter Than Sugar
Sweetie O’ Mine
Take Me To The Land Of Jazz
Take Your Girlie To The Movies
Teddy Bear Blues
Tell Me
Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes
That Da Da Strain
The Fowler Twist
The Landlord Blues
The New York Glide Blues
The Road Is Rocky Blues
The Shell Shock Shake
The Woman In Room 13
Then I’ll Be Happy
There’s Only One That I Would Ever Lose My Sleep For
Think Of Me Little Daddy
Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again
Too Tired
Tropical Blues
Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old ‘Tucky Home
Turkey In The Straw
Twelve O’Clock At Night
Until Tomorrow
Virginia Blues
Wabash Blues
Wake Up Little Girl
Waltz Of Long Ago
Wang Wang Blues
Weary (Waiting For You)
What Cha Gonna Do When There Ain’t No Jazz
What Did I Get By Loving You
When The Preacher Makes You Mine
When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
When Will I Know
Whispering
Who
Who Did You Fool After All
Who’ll Take My Place When I’m Gone
Why Should I Cry Over You
Wicked Blues
Wonderful Pal
Yellow Dog Blues 1
Yellow Dog Blues 2
You Can Have It, I Don’t Want It
You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
You Shall Reap What You Sow
You’d Be Surprised
Your Mamma’s Gonna Slow You Down
You’re Always Messin’ ‘Round With My Man

Johnson, Ed DeFinisher

The only reference to this artist seems to be a 1920s Newark, NJ newspaper article which mentions the pianist as a local entertainer.  Johnson arranged rolls only for the Atlas label, under the name of “Finisher Johnson.”  All tunes found by this artist are jazz or blues.

 

Back Water Blues
Doin’ The New Low Down
Golden Brown Blues
High Fever Blues
I Must Have That Man
It’s Tight Like That
Long Lonesome Blues
Mama Papa, Don’t Wanna Come Back Home Blues
Percolatin’ Blues
Poutin’ Papa, You Can Pout
St. James Infirmary Blues
St. Louis Blues
Walk That Broad

Johnson, James P.

Known as “The Father of Stride Piano”, James P. Johnson needs little introduction to fans of ragtime and stride.  Hailing from New Brunswick, NJ, Johnson was professionally active in New York.  He recorded piano rolls for the Artempo, Standard, QRS, Rhythmodik, and Aeolian Music Companies.  Although he recorded 2 rolls for Rhythmodik, thus far these have not been found by collectors.  The titles of JPJ’s rolls for this company are “Mama’s Blues” and “Stop It”, both his own compositions.

 

A Flat Dream
After Hours
After Tonight 1
After Tonight 2
After Tonight 3
After Tonight 4
Alabama Stomp 1
Alabama Stomp 2
Arkansas Blues
Baltimore Buzz
Black Bottom Dance
Black Man, Be On Yo’ Way
Bleeding Hearted Blues
Blueberry Rhyme
Boys Of Uncle Sam March
Birmingham Blues
Buzz Mirandy
Caprice Rag 1
Caprice Rag 2
Caprice Rag 3
Caprice Rag 4
Caprice Rag 5
Carolina Balmoral
Carolina Fox Trot
Carolina Shout 1
Carolina Shout 2
Carolina Shout 3
Carolina Shout 4
Charleston 1
Charleston 2
Cry Baby Blues
Cryin’ For My Used To Be
Cryin’ For The Carolines
Daintiness Rag 1
Daintiness Rag 2
Doctor Jazzes Raz-Ma-Taz
Don’t Mess With Me
Don’t Tell Your Monkey Man
Down Home Blues
Eccentricity 1
Eccentricity 2
Farewell Blues
Fascination
Give Me The Sunshine
Guess Who’s In Town
Gypsy Blues
Harlem Choc’late Babies On Parade
Harlem Hotcha
Harlem Strut
He’s My Man
I Ain’t Givin’ Nothin’ Away
If Dreams Come True
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
If You’ve Never Been Vamped By A Brownskin
Improvisations On Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie
Innovation
It Takes Love To Cure The Heart’s Disease
I’ve Got My Habits On
Ivy (Cling To Me)
Jersey Sweet
Jingles
Joe Turner Blues
Jungle Drums
Keep Off The Grass
Lock & Key
Look What A Fool I’ve Been
Loveless Love
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
Mama’s Blues 1
Mama’s Blues 2
Mama’s Blues 3
Mama’s Blues 4
Mama’s Blues 5
Monkey Hunch
Mule Walk 1
Mule Walk 2
Mule Walk 3
Muscle Shoals Blues
Nervous Blues
Night Club
Old Fashioned Love 1
Old Fashioned Love 2
Ole Miss Blues
Open Your Heart 1
Open Your Heart 2
Over The Bars
Railroad Man
Riffs
Roumania
Running Wild Medley
Scoutin’ Around
Snowy Morning Blues
Steeplechase Rag
Stop It
Sugar
Toddlin’ Home
Twilight Rag 1
Twilight Rag 2
Twilight Rag 3
Vampin’ Liza Jane
Walkin’ The Bass
Wasn’t It Nice
Weeping Blues
When It’s Cherry Time In Tokio
Worried And Lonesome Blues
You Can’t Lose A Broken Heart
You Don’t Understand
You’ve Got To Be Modernistic

Johnson, Johnny

Malcolm “Johnny” Johnson was a successful popular pianist and bandleader during the 1920s and 30s.  He composed several novelty piano solos.  Johnson recorded rolls for the Deluxe Reproducing Roll Co. (manufacturers of Welte Licensee rolls), and apparently only a single roll for QRS, and at least two rolls for the Aeolian Co.   Johnson’s arrangements are uniformly well thought out and incorporate advanced harmonies and novelty piano ideas.

 

An’ Furthermore
Come Back, Chiquita
Dinah
Don’t Wait Too Long
Good News Selections
Honey Bunch
How Many Times
I Found A Million Dollar Baby
I Found A Round About Way To Heaven
I Love My Baby
I Told Them All About You
I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
If You Hadn’t Gone Away
It Made Me Happy When You Made Me Cry
I’ve Got The Girl
Just Like A Butterfly
Lulu Belle
Mary Lou
My Baby Knows How
My Pet
Nashville Nightingale
No Foolin’
Precious 1
Precious 2
Red Hot Henry Brown
Save Your Sorrow
Sing Me A Baby Song
Sleepy Time Gal
Somebody And Me
Stomp Medley
Sunshine
Susie’s Feller
Sweet Child
Sweet Southern Breeze
Tentin’ Down In Tennessee
That Certain Party
There Ain’t No Baby In My Baby’s Eyes

Jones, Clarence

Clarence M. Jones was an older school musician, originally a ragtime composer from Cincinnati and then later a jazz pianist.  Jones recorded several 78rpm sides and many player piano rolls.  He is generally credited as having taught Jimmy Blythe his jazz stylings.  Jones’ earliest rolls were made for Wurlitzer in the late teens, and issued on their Rolla Artis label (RA).  Many of these are 4-hand arrangements with Wurlitzer staff arranger Mr. J. Anderlik.  Those which are solo performances are sometimes difficult to distinguish from Charley Straight rolls made at the same time (using his pseudonym of Billy King).  Later on in the teens and early 20s Jones made rolls for Imperial, Capitol, Staffnote and US Music Co.  He developed a unique playing style which was a combination of blues with novelty piano ideas.

 

12th Street Rag
A Girl In Your Arms Is Worth Two In Your Dreams
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
A New Kind Of Man With A New Kind Of Love For Me
A.B.C.D. Blues
After The Storm
After You’ve Gone
Alcoholic Blues
Alexandria
“Alimony Blues. From “”The Rainbow Girl”””
All Aboard For Chinatown
And That Ain’t All
And They Called It Dixieland
Are You From Dixie?
Arkansas Blues
“At The Coffee Cooler’s Tea. “”Blue”” Fox Trot”
At The End Of The Trail
At The High Brown Babies’ Ball
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home?
Baltimore Buzz. Fox Trot Blues
Because They All Love You
Beets And Turnips. Fox Trot
Boll Weevil Blues. Blues
Broadway Blues, The. Popular Song
Buddha
California
California
Call For Mr. Brown
Carolina In The Morning
Carolina In The Morning
Cat’s Whiskers, The
Charley My Boy
Chin-Chin. Selections (Note: Ivan Caryll Not Credited As Composer; Possibly Different Show?)
Clover Blossom Blues. Fox Trot
Crying For You. Waltz with Foxtrot Chorus
Crying For You. Waltz with Foxtrot Chorus
Cuddle Up
Daddy Blues
Dallas Blues
Dangerous Blues
Dardanella Blues
Day By Day
Doggone Blues (Since My Sweetie’s Away)
Don’t Tell Your Monkey Man
Down Among The Sleepy Hills Of Tennessee
Down Among The Sleepy Hills Of Tennessee
Down Home Blues
Dreaming Blues
Dreamy Melody
Dreary Weather
Eliza
Everybody Step
Feeling The Way I Do
For Dixie And Uncle Sam
Good Morning Mr. Zip Zip Zip
Hee Haw. Fox Trot For Dancing
Hee Haw. Fox Trot For Dancing
Heebie Jeebie Blues
Heebie Jeebie Blues
Heebie Jeebies
Hello Hawaii, How Are You?
He’s A Darn Good Man To Have Hangin’ Around
Hesitation Blues
Hesitation Blues (Oh Baby, Must I Hesitate?)
“Hip-Hip Horray. From “”Chin-Chin”””
Home Again Blues
Homesick
Honey Bunch. Fox Trot
Honor Thy Father And Mother (And Good Luck Will Follow You)
House Rent Blues
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll
I Ain’t-En Got-En No Time To Have The Blues
I Left My Door Open And My Daddy Walked Out
I Realize
I Wish I Was In The Land Of Cotton Now
I’ll See You in C-U-B-A
I’m Always Falling In Love With The Other Fellow’s
I’m Just A Little Blue (For You)
I’m Just A Little Blue (For You)
I’m So Glad My Mamma Don’t Know Where I’m At
In Bagdad. Oriental One Step, Intermezzo
In Search Of A Husband. One Step
In the Land Of Beginning Again
Indiana. Ballad With Saxophone Chorus
I’ve Got A Remedy To Cure The Blues. Fox Trot
I’ve Got The Blue Ridge Blues
I’ve Got The Red, White And Blues. Fox Trot Blues
I’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Bananas Blues
Jassin’ Babies Blues. Fox Trot Blues
Jazz Baby
Jazzin’ Baby Blues. Blues Fox Trot
Jazzin’ Baby Blues. Blues Fox Trot
Jazzin’ Baby Blues. Blues Fox Trot
Jelly Bean (The Curbstone Cutie)
Jelly Roll Blues, The. Fox Trot
Jimminy Gee!
Just A Little Love Song
Just Blue
Landlord Blues
Learning
Little Clock On The Mantel, The
Look What You’ve Done With Your Dog-Gone Dangerous Eyes
“Love Me Anywhere. From “”George Washington Bullion Abroad”””
Mammy O’Mine
Mid The Pyramids
Mobile Blues
Morning (Won’t You Ever Come ‘Round?)
My Bird Of Paradise
My Buddy
My Cairo Love
My Honey Lou. Popular Song
My Kid
My Mammy
No One Knows What It’s All About
No Wonder (That I Love You)
Nobody Loves You Like I Do
O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?
Oh How I Laugh When I Think How I Cried About You
On The Alamo
Open Up The Golden Gates To Dixieland (And Let Me Into Paradise)
“Open Your Heart And Let Me In. From “”Chin-Chin”””
Out Of the East
Pig Latin Love
Piney Ridge
“Plantation Days. From “”Town Topics”””
Play ‘Em For Mamma, Sing ‘Em For Me
Poor Papa
“Pretty Baby. From “”A World Of Pleasure”””
Pretty Soon
Pussyfoot. Fox Trot
Rabbit’s Foot. Fox Trot
Ragging The Scale. Fox Trot
Railroad Man
Read ‘Em And Weep
Royal Garden Blues
Ruspana
“Sadie Love. From “”Sadie Love”””
Saint Louis Blues
Say Young Feller, Where’d You Get That Girl?
Siam. Popular Song
“Simple Melody (Play A Simple Melody). From “”Watch Your Step”””
Singin’ The Blues
Singin’ The Blues
Six Feet Of Papa. Fox Trot
Slow And Easy
Snakes Hips. Fox Trot
Some Sunny Day
Someday Sweetheart
Sometimes You Get A Good One And Sometimes You Don’t
Spread ‘Yo Stuff
Spring Bird. Intermezzo
Spring Bird. Intermezzo
Steppin’ In Society
Strut Miss Lizzie
Strutter’s Drag. Drag
Swanee Blues
Sweet Child (I’m Wild About You)
Sweet Little Mammy
Sweet Somebody Of Mine
Take Me To The Land Of Jazz
Tessie! Stop Teasing Me
That Southern Hospitality
Those Draftin’ Blues
Those Draftin’ Blues. Fox Trot
Those Weary Dogs
Tishomingo Blues. Fox Trot
Tripping Along
Trying To Forget
Ty-Tee
Ty-Tee
“Unlucky Blues. From “”Greenwich Village Follies”””
Up The Country Blues. Blues
Virginia Blues
Virginia Blues
Wabash Blues
Walkin’ The Dog. Fox Trot
Wedding Bells (Will You Ever Ring For Me?)
What Do You Mean By Loving Somebody Else?
What-Cha Gonna Do When There Ain’t No Jazz?
What’ll You Do?
When I Was The Dandy And You Were The Belle
When It Comes To A Lovingless Day
When Spring Comes Peeping Through
When The Bees Make Honey Down In Sunny Alabam
When The Leaves Come Tumbling Down
When The Leaves Come Tumbling Down
When The Preacher Makes You Mine
“When The Sun Goes Down In Dixie (And The Moon Begins To Rise). “”Jazz”” Fox Trot”
Where Is My Daddy Now Blues
While Miami Dreams
Who’s Sorry Now? Waltz With Extra Fox Trot Chorus)
Why Don’t You Drive My Blues Away?
Wonderful One
Wonderful One
Wonderful Pal
Work House Blues
Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula
Yankee Doodle Blues, The
Yellow Dog Rag
You Lied
You’d Be Surprised
You’ll Be The One To Be Sorry (After You’ve Said Good-Bye)
You’ve Got To See Mama Every Night (Or You Can’t See Mama At All)
You’ve Got To See Mama Every Night (Or You Can’t See Mama At All)

Jones, Richard M.

Based in Chicago, Richard M. Jones was a prolific writer of blues songs. He also recorded a number of 78rpm records in the 1920s. While many of his songs appeared on piano rolls, Jones actually only recorded one hand-played roll.

 

King Of The Zulus Blues

Joplin, Scott

The greatest of all ragtime composers, Scott Joplin’s music was always very popular on player piano rolls. One of his most beautiful rags, “The Silver Swan,” was never originally published in sheet music form. This rag is known only by player roll arrangements on the QRS and Master-Record (Peerless) labels. Joplin made a few piano rolls of his own playing, and these are considered to be authentic to his actual playing style.

 

Brasillian Maple Leaf. (Marimba Arr. Of “”Maple Leaf Rag””)”
Cascades, The
Cleopha. Ragaphrase. Assisted By D.C.G.
Country Club
Easy Winners, The. Rag Time Two Step
Entertainer, The
Eugenia. Rag Two-Step
Euphonic Sounds
Favorite, The. A Rag-Time Two Step
Favorite, The. March Two-Step. (Missing On Surviving Original)
Felicity Rag
Felicity Rag
Felicity Rag
Felicity Rag
Fig Leaf Rag
Fig Leaf Rag
Fig Leaf Rag
Gladiolus Rag
Gladiolus Rag
Gladiolus Rag
Gladiolus Rag
Great Crush Collision March, The
Heliotrope Bouquet. Ragtime Two-Step
Kismet Rag
Kismet Rag
Kismet Rag
Kismet Rag
Kismet Rag. (This was originally tune #1 from another roll, the 5-tune stock number of which is stamped as # 3293)
Lily Queen. Ragtime Two-Step
Lily Queen. Rag
Magnetic Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Maple Leaf Rag (in medley)
Maple Leaf Rag (The Immortal Rag)
March Majestic
Nonpareil (None To Equal). A Rag And Two Step
Nonpareil Rag (None To Equal)
Nonpareil Rag (None To Equal)
Original Rags
Original Rags
Original Rags. Morton’s Transformation
Palm Leaf Rag
Palm Leaf Rag
Paragon Rag
Paragon Rag
Peacherine Rag
Peacherine Rag
Peacherine Rag
Peacherine Rag. (From Roll No. 101/4)
Pine Apple Rag
Pine Apple. Rag
Pineapple Rag
Pineapple Rag
Pineapple Rag
Pleasant Moments. Ragtime Waltz
Pleasant Moments. Ragtime Waltz
Rag Medley No. 6
Reflection Rag
Reflection Rag
Reflection Rag
Reflection Rag
Rose Leaf Rag
Rose Leaf Rag
Rose Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin’s Best Rags
Scott Joplin’s New Rag
Scott Joplin’s New Rag
Scott Joplin’s New Rag
Scott Joplin’s New Rag
Scott Joplin’s New Rag. Cut From Roll No. 20081
Scott Joplin’s Rag
Search Light Rag
Searchlight Rag
Silver Swan Rag
Silver Swan Rag
Silver Swan Rag, The
Silver Swan, The. Ragtime Two Step
Silver Swan, The. Ragtime Two-Step
Silver Swan, The. Rag
Solace. A Mexican Serenade
Something Doing (as recut by Play-Rite)
Stoptime Rag
Stoptime Rag
Stoptime Rag
Strenuous Life, The. Ragtime Two-Step
Sugar Cane Rag
Sugar Cane Rag
Sugar Cane Rag
Sugar Cane Rag
Sugar Cane. Rag Two Step
Sugar Cane. Rag Two-Step
Sunflower Slow Drag
Swipesy Cakewalk
Swipesy. Cakewalk
Sycamore, The. A Concert Rag
Valley Forge Music Co. Roll No. 107 *SPECIAL ISSUE* Scott Joplin’s Most Beautiful Compositions. Volume I
Wall Street Rag
Weeping Willow Rag
Weeping Willow. Rag
Weeping Willow. Rag Two Step
Weeping Willow. Rag Two-Step

Kiselik, Henry

Roll recordings by this artist exist on late 1920s Welte Licensee rolls.  All arrangements credited to Henry Kiselik are exceptionally well done; so much so that it is likely he was a real individual and not a pseudonym for Howard Lutter.

 

Honeymoon Lane Selection
Japansy
Keep Sweeping Cobwebs Off The Moon
Present Arms Selection
Sonny Boy
Sunday
Thinking Of You
Wob-A-Ly Walk

Kortlander, Max

12th Street Rag
Bigamus Blues
Blue Clover
Blue Clover Man
Blue Moon Fox Trot
California Sunshine Rag
Goodnight Angeline
Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider
Jazamine
Let’s Try It
Li’l Joe Rag
Maple Leaf Rag
Midway Trot
Oriental Dance
Panamericana
Pepless Pete
Peter Piper
Rag Sonnets
Ragtime Oriole
Red Clover Rag 1
Red Clover Rag 2
Rose Room Fox Trot
Russian Rag
Sand Dunes
Saxophone Sobs
Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble
Shimmie Shoes
Triangle Jazz Blues
What’s The Matter With The Irish?
You’ll Be Sorry That You Made Me Cry

Lamb, Joseph F.

Lamb, Joseph F.

Lambert, Donald

This great stride piano legend from New Jersey made only four commercial recordings for Bluebird Records, but was somewhat too young to have been documented via piano rolls in the 1920s.  For many years he reigned over the old upright piano at Wallace’s High Tavern in Orange, NJ.  Many fans recorded Lambert at the tavern, and these informal recordings have become legendary.  His style was unique and extremely tasteful on slower tunes, and blazingly hot in fast stride numbers.
Although Don Lambert never recorded piano rolls, my late dear friend John Farrell transcribed onto roll many of Lambert’s finest recordings.  These are a tribute to John’s genius and his love for the stride piano idiom.

 

Lange, Henry W.

Lange, Henry W.

Lawnhurst, Vee

Vee Lawnhurst was one of the most talented people to ever record piano rolls.  She had a absolutely wonderful musical imagination, and created extraordinarily complex and very exciting arrangements.   Her earliest rolls (done as a teenager) were made for the Standard Music Roll Company of Orange, NJ, and were issued on Standard, Arto and VocoWord labels.  Later on she made several rolls for Ampico and many rolls for the Welte Licensee.  The quality of her performances is uniformly great, and Lawnhurst is one of the most sought-after piano roll artists.

 

Lewis, Steve J.

Lewis was an enormously talented pianist who recorded with Armand Piron’s orchestra in New Orleans.  He also recorded vocal accompaniments.  Lewis recorded only one piano roll, but it is a genuine masterpiece.  Certainly one of the greatest hand-played roll arrangements ever cut.

 

Linder, Ellis

Linder, Ellis

Lutter, Howard

Lutter was a prolific roll arranger/editor, and did most of his rolls for the Deluxe Reproducing Roll Company, which issued Republic and Welte Licensee label rolls in the US. Earlier in his career he also recorded rolls for the Orient Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut and for the Artempo Company in Newark, NJ.   His work is also to be found on the Atlas Player Roll Co. label (Newark, NJ) under the pseudonym of “Harry Leiter.”   Rolls credited to “Leiter” are usually (but not always) 88-note transfers of the Welte rolls issued with the same titles.

 

Makay, Donald

Makay, Donald

McPhail, Lindsay

McPhail, Lindsay

Mering, Constance

Mering, Constance

Moore, Froggie

Moore, Froggie

Morton, Ferd Jelly Roll

Morton, Ferd Jelly Roll

Muir, Lewis F.

Muir, Lewis F.

Muth, Armand

Armand W. Muth was a professional pianist active in the Detroit area in the late ‘teens and during the ‘twenties.  He moved to Chicago and began making piano roll arrangements for the US Music Company there.  After about 1924 he is found in Milwaukee as a staff arranger for the Staffnote Company, working alongside fellow pianist Robert Billings.  Muth made many piano rolls for Staffnote, which were issued on Playrite and Staffnote labels.  His early arrangements for US are sparsely done, but for Staffnote he created some highly jazz-band oriented arrangements.  Many of these are absolutely superb.  He also recorded several rolls of his own original compositions.

 

Ohman, Phil

Ohman, Phil

Pape, Hal

A name only encountered on early QRS Autograph series rolls, this name is thought to be a pseudonym; possibly for Harold Ivers.

 

Perrella, Harry

Perrella, Harry

Pinkard, Maceo

Pinkard, Maceo

Piron, Armand J.

New Orleans composer, violinist and bandleader, Armand Piron and his partner Clarence Williams were pioneer jazz publishers. Piron’s greatest hit “I Wish I Could Shimmie Like My Sister Kate” is still a traditional jazz favorite today. Many of Armand Piron’s compositions (songs and instrumentals) appeared on player piano rolls.

 

America, They Are Both For You
Bouncing Around 1
Bouncing Around 2
Brown Skin, Who You For 1
Brown Skin, Who You For 2
Brown Skin, Who You For 3
Call Me Shine 1
Call Me Shine 2
Call Me Shine 3
Purple Rose Of Cairo 1
Purple Rose Of Cairo 2

Randale, Zema

Randale, Zema

Randolph, Mandy

Randolph, Mandy

Reichenthal, Ralph

Reichenthal was a virtuoso pianist who became one of America’s most beloved songwriters under his pseudonym of Ralph Rainger.  During the 1920s Reichenthal recorded quite a number of piano rolls.  These were issued on Ampico, Welte, Standard and QRS labels.  All are superbly played in an advanced novelty piano style.  His four-hand performances with Edgar Fairchild on Ampico are masterpieces of arranging; extraordinarily advanced and truly hand-played.

 

Roberts, Charles Luckyth

Roberts, Charles Luckyth

Robbins, Everett

Everett Robbins was another Chicago-based pianist/bandleader who made rolls for the Capitol Roll & Record Company.  He also recorded on the Autograph 78rpm label (Marsh Recording Studios).   Robbins roll playing style is in a popular, blues-tinged vein.

 

Robinson, J.Russel

Robinson was a prolific composer/pianist who composed several rags and a large number of popular songs.  He recorded piano rolls for Imperial, QRS and United States Music Roll Companies.   Many of his rolls for Imperial and US have never surfaced to date, although all of his 100 or so rolls for QRS have turned up.

 

Robison, Willard

Robison, Willard

Rodemich, Gene

Rodemich, Gene

Rollini, Adrian

One of the great hot dance bandleaders of the 1920s, and a legendary clarinet and saxophone player, Adrian Rollini actually got his start in the music business by recording player piano rolls.  All the rolls recorded by Rollini were for the Republic Player Roll Co. (later the DeLuxe Reproducing Roll Co.) of New York City.  Most were issued as 88-note rolls, but a few were coded for Welte Mignon expression.

 

Schutt, Arthur

Arthur Schutt was one of the most talented popular pianists of the 1920s and 30s.  He recorded with Paul Specht’s Orchestra and also made several piano solo sides.  Schutt made a few piano rolls for the Standard Music Roll Company of Orange, New Jersey circa 1924.  It is not known how many rolls he made in total owing to their rarity.  His roll arrangements demonstrate a superb novelty piano playing style, which is in keeping with his 78rpm recordings.

 

Scott, James

Scott, James

Shapiro, Ted

Ted Shapiro is remembered today as the piano accompanist for Sophie Tucker, but he composed two outstanding pieces of novelty ragtime.  These pieces were both recorded on 78rpm disks and were quite popular.  “Dog On The Piano” was recorded by the Arcadia Peacock Orchestra of St. Louis, which features an incredible piano solo by Eddie Ward. Ragtime enthusiasts might remember Ward as the co-writer of “That Hand Played Rag,” along with David Silverman. “Putting On The Dog” was recorded by the great ragtime pianist Willie Eckstein on Okeh records.
In addition to these compositions, Shapiro recorded at least one piano roll, for the Standard Music Roll Company of Orange, NJ.  There may be others, but as a catalog of these particular rolls has never surfaced they remain unknown and undiscovered.

 

Sims, Lee

Sims, Lee

Smith, Lloyd

Lloyd Smith owned a small sheet music publishing company in Chicago with his brother Warren.  The business name was “The Original Home Of Jazz.”  The Smiths had close ties with Clarence Johnson, and collaborated with him on several compositions.  Lloyd Smith made only a few rolls for the Capitol Roll & Record Company, and at least one for the Billings Roll Company of Milwaukee, WI.  These rolls demonstrate a sophisticated, swingy piano style. His roll of “Tiger Rag” is a player piano showcase.

 

Stover, Harry

Stover, Harry

Straight, Charley

A Dippy Ditty
A Sunbeam’s Frolic
An Old Fashioned Garden In Virginia
An Old Horse That Knows His Way Home
Back To My Sunny Honoloo
Black Jack Rag
Blue Jeans
Bring Back A Belgian Baby To Me
Bring Back Those Days To Me
Caroline
Cheerful Blues
Chickie
Chin Chin Chinaman
Ching-A-Ling’s Jazz Bazaar
Cleopatra Had A Jazz Band
Come Along To Caroline
Coo-Eee Australian Bush Call
Cotton Town
Cradle Rock 1
Cradle Rock 2
Cumberland
Dancing The Jelly Roll
Dardanella
Dear Old Daddy Long Legs
Doctor Brown
Don’t Bite The Hand That’s Feeding You
Down At The Huskin’ Bee
Eve Wasn’t Modest Till She Ate That Apple
Everybody Rag With Me
Everybody Wants A Key To My Cellar
Fastep
Florabella
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing 1
Fox Trot Medley For Dancing 2
Gingham Girl
Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl
Give Me The Sultan’s Harem
Grieving For You
Hello Wisconsin
Hot Hands Rag 1
Hot Hands Rag 2
Hot Hands Rag 3
Hot Hands Rag 4
Humpty Dumpty Rag 1
Humpty Dumpty Rag 2
Humpty Dumpty Rag 3
Humpty Dumpty Rag 4
Humpty Dumpty Rag 5
Humpty Dumpty Rag 6
Humpty Dumpty Rag 7
Humpty Dumpty Rag 8
I Love To Tango With My Tea
I Never Had A Mammy
I Want A Doll
I Wonder What They’re Doing Tonight
I Wonder Where My Lovin’ Man Has Gone
If You Ever Come Down To Virginia
I’m A Lonesome Little Raindrop
I’m Going Back To California
In Gay Havana
In The Valley Of The Nile
It’s All A Dream
It’s All Over Now
Itsit
Jerry
Joan Of Arc
Just Keep On Skating
Just Like A Rainbow
Kangaroo Hop 1
Kangaroo Hop 2
Karavan
Knice And Knifty
Lazy Bones
Let’s Go 1
Let’s Go 2
Loading Up The Mandy Lee
Maybe It’s All For The Best
Missy
Mitinice
Mity-Nice-Rag
Mocking Bird Rag 1
Mocking Bird Rag 2
Moonshine Sally
Mow ‘Em Down
Mr. Jazz Himself
My Baby’s Rag
My Grandfather’s Girl
My Pirate Lady 1
My Pirate Lady 2
My Tom Tom Man
Nifty Nonsense
Oh By Jingo, Oh By Gee
Oh You Women
On The Gin, Gin, Ginny Shore
On The Music Roll
One Step Medley For Dancing 1
One Step Medley For Dancing 2
One Step Medley For Dancing 3
Only
Out Steppin’ 1
Out Steppin’ 2
Pahjamah
Playmor
Rag-A-Bit
Ragging The Scale
Red Raven Rag 1
Red Raven Rag 2
Red Raven Rag 3
Red Raven Rag 4
Red Raven Rag 5
Ruffenreddy
S’More
Somewhere In Dixie
Stay Down Here Where You Belong
Swanee
Sweet Pickin’s 1
Sweet Pickin’s 2
Swingin’ Down The Lane
That Girl Of Mine
The Devil Has Bought Up All The Coal
The Locket Your Mother Wore
The Story Book Ball
The Whole World Comes From Dixie
Then I’ll Come Home To You
There’s Something About You Makes Me Love You
There’s Something In The Name Of Ireland
Those Hawaiian Melodies
Tiddle-De-Winks
Tomorrow Morn
Try Me 1
Try Me 2
Turkestan
Ty-Tee
Universal Rag
Walking The Dog
We Must Have A Song To Remember
We Take Our Hats Off To You, Mr. Wilson
We’re Going To Celebrate The End Of The War In Ragtime
When You See Another Sweetie Hangin’ Around
Where The Morning Glories Grow
Whoa January
Whose Pretty Baby Are You Now?
Why Don’t You Try To Get Along With Me?
Why Keep Me Waiting So Long?
Wild And Woolly
Wishing
Yokohama Lullaby
Yoo-Hoo
You Didn’t Want Me When You Had Me
You Remind Me Of Dear Old Ireland
Your Lips Are No Man’s Land But Mine

Tate, Friendly

There is no information available on this artist to my knowledge.  In that rolls issued under this name are all jazz or blues arrangements, it’s possible that this was a pseudonym used by Ed “DeFinisher” Johnson.

 

Tatum, Art

Without a doubt, Art Tatum was one of the greatest pianists who ever lived.  His incredible technique and harmonic language is legendary.  Having been born in 1910, Art was too young to have been involved in the recording of piano rolls during the 1920’s heydays.  However, a number of talented (and brave) souls have attempted to re-create his performances on piano rolls.  J. Lawrence Cook was the first to transcribe several Tatum solos; then years later my dear, late friend John Farrell took up the cause with a great passion.  This page is dedicated to John, for all the incredible work he did in bringing Art Tatum to the player piano format.

 

Thomas, George W.

Thomas claimed to have “invented” the walking bass, or boogie-woogie style of piano playing and composition.  His earliest publications like “New Orleans Hop Scop Blues” bear out this claim.  Originally from New Orleans, where he operated a small sheet music publishing company, Thomas moved to Chicago by 1920 and re-opened the business there.  He made several hand played piano rolls for the US Music Company.  Also, he had many of his own tunes arranged and then cut as piano rolls by the Kimball Roll Company (also of Chicago).  Based on the rarity of these Kimball rolls, it’s likely that Thomas himself distributed them in very small quantities.  He also sent manuscript copies of his compositions to the major nickelodeon roll companies, the Automatic Music Company and the Wurlitzer company, and these were included in their respective catalogs.

 

Thomas, Harry

Thomas, Harry

Thomas, Hersal

Thomas, Hersal

Wade, Herman Avery

Wade, Herman Avery

Waller, Thomas

Waller, Thomas

Ward, Jack

This is another lesser known artist whose name appears on late 1920s Welte Licensee rolls.  The original roll leaders display a photograph of Jack Ward, so it is very likely that he was a “real” artist and not a pseudonym for a staff arranger such as Howard Lutter.

 

Wayne, Mabel

Wayne, Mabel

Weatherford, Theodore

This great stride piano legend made only two piano rolls, both for the QRS Company.  He moved to France in the early 1930’s and made a number of great 78 rpm disk recordings there.

 

Wehrlen, Jack

Wehrlen, Jack

Wendling, Pete

Pete Wendling was one of the most prolific piano roll artists, with nearly 1000 different titles to his credit.  His first roll was “It’s A Long, Long Way To Tipperary,” which dates from the beginning of the hand-played roll in the mid ‘teens.  Wendling first made rolls for the American Piano Control in Belleville, NJ, which issued titles on the Rhythmodik and Ampico labels.  Around 1916 he started making rolls for QRS as well, but used the pseudonym of Walter Redding (most likely to avoid conflict of interest on an existing contract with the American Piano Control).   Wendling continued making rolls for QRS until about 1925, after which his name was still used on recordings but the rolls were actually arranged by J.Lawrence Cook so as to sound like Wending’s hand playing.  Interestingly, Wendling made only a few 78rpm record sides, but he was a prolific song writer with numerous song hits to his credit.   Wendling’s early rolls for Rhythmodik are very important documentation of the ragtime playing style in vogue on the East Coast during the mid to late ‘teens.

 

Williams, Clarence

One of the most important figures in 1920s jazz and blues, Clarence Williams was successful as a pianist, recording artist and music publisher. Starting in New Orleans with partner Armand J. Piron, Williams came to Chicago around 1920. He composed many popular jazz songs, a number of which are still popular to this day. In the mid 1920s he recorded piano rolls for the QRS Company. Six of these rolls were issued in 88 note format, but another two only appeared on A-rolls.

 

Brown Skin, Who You For 1
Brown Skin, Who You For 2
Brown Skin, Who You For 3
Candy Lips, I’m Stuck On You 1
Candy Lips, I’m Stuck On You 2
Candy Lips, I’m Stuck On You 3
Cast Away On The Island Of Love
Close Fit Blues
I Can Beat You Doing What You’re Doing Me
I Never Knew What The Blues Were Until You Went Away 1
I Never Knew What The Blues Were Until You Went Away 2
Kansas City Blues
My Own Blues
My Pillow And Me
Papa De-Da-Da 1
Papa De-Da-Da 2
Papa De-Da-Da 3
Them Has Been Blues 1
Them Has Been Blues 2
What’s The Matter Now 1
What’s The Matter Now 2
What’s The Matter Now 3
Wild Flower Rag 1
Wild Flower Rag 2
You Can Have It, I Don’t Want It
You Missed A Good Woman When You Picked All Over Me
You’re Some Pretty Doll

Williams, Sammy

This artist made several rolls for the Capitol Roll & Record Company.  He also recorded at least two 78rpm records for Marsh, issued on the Autograph label.

 

Williams, Spencer

Williams, Spencer

Wolpa, Bertha

Bertha Wolpa appears as a roll artist on the US Music Co. label during the 1917-1919 WWI years.  She made a number of fox trot and one-step piano rolls for US, under her own name as well as the pseudonym Billie Warren.  Unfortunately, the US Music Co. only introduced truly hand-played rolls during this same period in the late ‘teens, and US hand-played rolls from this period are all poorly edited to one degree or another.  However, Wolpa’s playing style emerges as firmly rooted in the ragtime tradition.  She shares playing characteristics with artists such as Pete Wendling, J.Russel Robinson and others who incorporated folk ragtime elements such as bass octaves with an added fifth.   Wolpa last appears as an Ampico roll artist ca. 1920, using the pseudonym of Bertha Walker.

 

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  • Marshall Berger - Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I am surprised that you don’t have this one Pianostyle Hand Played # 48019 Bugle Blues listed under Johnson-Jones Copywright 1922 by F. B. haviland Pub. Co. I did find a reference that says it was played by Clarence M. Jones and Clarence Johnson Written by W.C. Handy. Alternate title is Uncle Bud sung by Leona Williams. Do you think I have a rare find with this one, as it was so hard to get any info off the web. Thanks for your reply.

    Marshall

    • admin - Reply

      June 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      There are two compositions I know of by the title “Bugle Blues.” One is composed by Robert Kelly, and issued on QRS played by J.Lawrence Cook. The other one is entitled “Uncle Bud – (subtitle) – Bugle Blues.” I do not remember the composer of this one, but it is definitely not a Clarence Johnson or Clarence M. Jones item.

      The Pianostyle rolls claim to have been hand-played, on the labels and in catalogs, but actually this was not the case. These were arranged from sheet music by staff arrrangers, the most prolific of whom was Robert W. Shoemaker. Neither Clarence Johnson nor Clarence M. Jones ever made rolls at Pianostyle.

      I hope this info helps!

      Frank Himpsl

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