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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 26-50 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]206 10-in. 4/3/1902 Medley of popular airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]207 7-in. 9/21/1900 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]207 10-in. 4/3/1902 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]210 7-in. 9/21/1900 A medley of Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]210 10-in. 1/1/1902 A medley of Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]211 7-in. 9/21/1900 Kiss me Honey, do Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]212 7-in. 9/21/1900 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]212 10-in. 4/3/1902 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]213 7-in. 9/21/1900 Du, du : With variations Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone, arranger  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]213 10-in. 9/12/1901 Du, du : With variations Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone, arranger  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]214 7-in. 9/21/1900 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]214 10-in. 9/12/1901 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]215 7-in. 9/21/1900 Pickaninnies' polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]215 10-in. 9/12/1901 Pickanniny polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]216 7-in. 9/21/1900 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]216 10-in. 4/3/1902 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]217 7-in. 9/21/1900 Monastery bells Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]963 7-in. 9/12/1901 Vaudeville specialty Charles P. Lowe ; Miss Jottie Xylophone solo, with female vocal and drums instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]963 10-in. 2/4/1903 Vaudeville specialty Charles P. Lowe ; Miss Jottie Xylophone solo, with female vocal and drums instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1812 7-in. 12/2/1902 Medley patrol Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1812 10-in. 12/2/1902 Medley patrol Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1813 7-in. 12/2/1902 Up to date medley Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1813 10-in. 12/2/1902 Up to date medley Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1814 7-in. 12/2/1902 In the good old summer time Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1814 10-in. 12/2/1902 In the good old summer time Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
(Results 26-50 of 189 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lowe, Charles P.," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216.

Lowe, Charles P.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216.

"Lowe, Charles P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

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