Current Selections
Updated October  1998

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    Temptation Rag         
    Prince's Military Band                                                          1910
    This widely recorded rag was composed by Henry Lodge and registered for copyright on September 9, 1909.

    Dixieland Jass Band One Step
    Original Dixieland "Jass" Band                                                 1917
    This was one of the earliest recording jazz bands.  Note that the final spelling of the new musical form had yet to be decided upon. 

    Here Comes My Daddy Now       
    Collins and Harlan                                                                 1913
    I think this tune is very catchy - though the words sound kind of silly when sung by grown men and not little kids.  This is from an old Oxford Record - which was an in-house label sold by Sears, Roebuck & Company.

    A Cat-Astrophe                  
    Columbia Orchestra                                                                 1919
    The reason for the unusual title will be self-evident when you listen.  This sounds like something that would make an appropriate soundtrack for an early animated cartoon.

    Au Revoir But Not Good-Bye        
    Henry Burr                                                                              1918
    In this selection, a father bids farewell to his son who is off to fight in World War I 

    Maxims (from "The Merry Widow") 
    Harvey Hindemeyer                                                                  1907
    "The Merry Widow" is an operetta by Franz Lehar - who was very popular around the turn of the century.   I am very fond of Lehar's music.  The vocal on this one is in English, not the original German.

    Your The Sweetest Girl
    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra                                             1921
    Paul Whiteman's dance band was the one most responsible for introducing jazz to a mass audience. He was billed as "The King of Jazz" - much to the disgust of jazz critics ever since.  I think his best recordings were made in the late 1920s after the advent of electrical recording  when his band featured some of the era's jazz greats.  However, many of the band's numerous sides from the acoustical era are pleasant to listen to - as this cheerful selection demonstrates.

    My Pretty Peggy                 
    Columbia Band                                                                        1901
    In the very early days of recording, it was common practice to have an announcer introduce each record.  The practice did not continue for very long.  While this selection was recorded in 1901, my copy is from a 1908 "double disc" reissue.  While the announcer states who the trumpet soloist on this is,  I had a difficult time making out the last name. Fortunately, a visitor to the site wrote and informed me that it is Emil Keneke, who would later be associated with the Arthur Pryor Band and the Victor Military Band.

    Guatemala - Panama March
    The Hurtado Bros. Royal Marimba Band of Guatemala               1916
    This selection's title is very misleading.  Rather than a march, this is a delightful rag played marimba style!  I did not even know that I had this one in my collection until I stumbled across it while looking for a march to include on this page.  What a nice surprise!

    Don't Be Cross                           
    Victor Orchestra                                                                       1909
    This waltz makes me think of a grand 19th century party.

    Lady-Luck Blues   
    Bessie Smith, vocal; Fletcher Henderson, piano                           1923 
    I think Bessie Smith had a remarkable voice - even on her acoustical recordings!  Fletcher Henderson's contributions to the development of popular music are addressed in this site's 1920s &1930s section. 

    Columbia Graphophone Company March    
    Prince's Band                                                                            1916
    Either Columbia Records commissioned this song - or the composer decided that naming it after a major record company was the surest way of getting it recorded!

    Salvator Rosa - Mia piccireila                                                                  1919
    Enrico Caruso, vocal                             
    Salvator Rosa was an opera by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Gomez (1839-1896) who was trained at the Milan Conservatory and was a pupil of Rosini.  This opera seems to have been pretty much forgotten as I am unable to find any current listing for it on CD.  Caruso was the most influential male Opera singer of the 20th century.  Despite the fact that he died in 1921 before the advent of electrical recording,  you will still find reissues of his records in most classical music sections.  Listen to this selection and you will know why.

    Count Those Days      
    Earl Randolph's Orchestra                                                        1922

    Sympathy Waltz
    Victor Military Band                                                                1914
    This is a pleasant recording that evokes images of an era that was soon to be forever destroyed by the First World War.

    Everybody Loves My Baby
    The Georgians                                                                         1924
    This early six member "hot" dance band was actually a part of the Paul Specht Orchestra - the first instance of what would later become a common practice of having a "band within a band." 

If you enjoyed the music, don't forget to check out this site's 1920's&1930s section featuring great popular jazz and dance band recordings - all electrically recorded.

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