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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 51-75 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1815 7-in. 12/2/1902 Leonora waltz Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1815 10-in. 12/2/1902 Leonora waltz Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3571 10-in. 9/12/1901 Pickaninny polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3572 10-in. 9/12/1901 Kiss me, Honey, do! Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3573 10-in. 9/12/1901 Du, du : With variations Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3574 10-in. 9/12/1901 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3575 10-in. 9/12/1901 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3576 10-in. 9/12/1901 A medley of Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3577 10-in. 9/12/1901 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3578 10-in. 9/12/1901 Carnival in Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3579 10-in. 9/12/1901 Medley of popular airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3580 10-in. 9/12/1901 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3581 10-in. 9/12/1901 Vaudeville specialty Charles P. Lowe ; Miss Jottie Xylophone solo, with female vocal and drums instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor A-1547 7-in. 7/1/1904 Kiss me Honey, do! Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor B-1547 10-in. 7/1/1904 Kiss me Honey, do! Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor A-1548 7-in. 7/1/1904 Carnaval de Venise Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor B-1548 10-in. 7/1/1904 Carnaval de Venise Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor A-1552 7-in. 7/1/1904 Waltz medley Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor B-1552 10-in. 7/1/1904 Waltz medley Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor A-1553 7-in. 7/1/1904 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor B-1553 10-in. 7/1/1904 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor B-1554 10-in. 7/1/1904 Medley of Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone, arranger  
Victor A-1555 7-in. 7/1/1904 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor B-1555 10-in. 7/1/1904 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor A-1556 7-in. 7/1/1904 Pickanniny polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
(Results 51-75 of 189 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lowe, Charles P.," accessed October 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216.

Lowe, Charles P.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216.

"Lowe, Charles P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 October 2021.

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