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Best player piano rolls of the 1910s

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Buck, May 10, 2012.

  1. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member


    I'm taking nominations. Deadline is Sunday at 8:57 a.m. GMT.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  2. Quiet Man

    Quiet Man Member

    I'll go with Harry Belding's Good Gravy Rag (1913), Homer Denney's Ham Bones (1912), and Luckey Roberts' Pork and Beans (1913). But then I was always fond of the food themed rags from early in the decade.


    Careful what you nominate - some of the titles are, shall we say, inappropriate.
  3. JR

    JR Active Member

    That's awesome. Thanks for sharing.
  4. We have a player piano that my grandmother won in a contest in 1929. My grandparents, having just arrived in America eight years previous from Italy, purchased about 50 Italian rolls during that time period. There was one song, "Faccetta Nera," that I loved, even though I didn't know what the words were. Come to find out it means "Little Black Face," and was a song from 1933 about an Ethiopian child who came to discover the wonderful world of Fascism after Italy invaded the country. Well then.

    I have been saving up for some time to buy a Duo-Art Steinway. These were sophisticated grand pianos from the 1920s that played rolls but had an electric motor, and the rolls (done by famous pianists, such as Horowitz and Rachmaninoff) had coding that copied the dynamic and tempo as they played, so it was like you were listening to the virtuoso pianists themselves on the roll. Needless to say, these aren't like the ones Buck listed above. Here's an example:

    I own an Edison cylinder phonograph and one of the cylinders is titled a "coon song." I have a strong suspicion it wasn't written for raccoons, however.
  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    That digital conversation of Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag was amazing. I really did feel like I was sitting there listening to it played live.
  6. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    Oh come on, it's hard to beat Charles L. Johnson's Cum Bac-Rag of 1911.

    or James Scott's Climax Rag of 1914.
  7. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    if there are any recordings of Kid Ory's band from that decade, that has to be a 1 seed. Ory played with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin
  8. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    This is what I love about the internet. No matter what obscure subject you come up with, someone is interested in it.
  9. Quiet Man

    Quiet Man Member

    Oh no you didn't! It's gonna be that whole east coast/west coast food rag/sex rag rivalry all over again. Don't be gettin up in my grill with no Charles L. Johnson!
  10. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Indeed. Love reading about the New Orleans jazz scene in those days.

    This is a a great resource:

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