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Charles P. Lowe

Charles P. Lowe was an American xylophonist who made numerous recordings in the early days of the recording industry.

In 1883 Lowe was featured in a series of concerts at West End, New Orleans directed by Gustav D'Aquin. Lowe was a featured performer in New York theaters in the 1880s, including Huber's Prospect Garden (1884).

Lowe first recorded for the New Jersey Phonograph Company in 1892 and remained the most prominent xylophonist in the recording industry's formative years. He recorded for most American record companies in existence before 1905, including 21 titles for Berliner Gramophone between 1897 and 1899, Columbia cylinders (pre-1900 - 1905) and discs (1902 to 1905), Edison cylinders, Victor Records from 1900 to 1904, and numerous recordings for Zonophone between 1900 and 1903. His last recordings were made in 1905.

Lowe played xylophones with rounded bars in order to ease the execution of glissandi. His rolls were played in a faster style than was to be common later.

He was married to contralto Jacobine Wichmann Lowe, who performed as "Miss Jottie"

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1910

Roles Represented in DAHR: xylophone, arranger

Notes: Charles P. Lowe's wife was contralto Jacobine Wichmann Lowe, known as Miss Jottie (pronounced "Yottie"). They often performed together.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 3251 7-in. 6/21/1897 Pretty little dark blue eyes Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3253 7-in. 10/12/1897 Du, du Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3257 7-in. June 1897-Mar. 1899 Carnival of Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3259 7-in. 10/12/1897 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3260 7-in. 10/12/1897 Home, sweet home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3261 7-in. 10/12/1897 The blue bells of Scotland Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3262 7-in. 10/12/1897 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3263 7-in. June 1897-Mar. 1899 Old black Joe Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3264 7-in. June 1897-Mar. 1899 Galop brilliant Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 3265 7-in. June 1897-Mar. 1899 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0312 7-in. 7/10/1899 Pretty little dark blue eyes Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0313 7-in. 7/16/1899 Home, sweet home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0314 7-in. 7/10/1899 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0315 7-in. 7/10/1899 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0316 7-in. July 1899 Leonore Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0317 7-in. July 1899 Robin Adair Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0318 7-in. 7/10/1899 Carnival of Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0319 7-in. 7/10/1899 Then you'll remember me Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0320 7-in. 7/10/1899 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0842 7-in. 12/23/1899 Du, du (with variations) Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0849 7-in. 12/23/1899 Pretty violets Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Berliner 0850 7-in. 12/23/1899 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]205 7-in. 9/21/1900 Carnival of Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]205 10-in. 4/3/1902 Carnival of Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]206 7-in. 9/21/1900 Medley of popular airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
(Results 1-25 of 189 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lowe, Charles P.," accessed August 7, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216.

Lowe, Charles P.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 7, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216.

"Lowe, Charles P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 7 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216

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