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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 76-100 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-1556 10-in. 7/1/1904 Pickanniny polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor A-1557 7-in. 7/1/1904 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor B-1557 10-in. 7/1/1904 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Victor B-1937 10-in. 11/15/1904 The messenger boy Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 528 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Pickaninny polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 528 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Pickaninny polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 529 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Kiss me, honey, do Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 529 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Kiss me, honey, do Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 530 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 530 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 531 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 531 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 532 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 The Suwannee River medley Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 532 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Suwanee River medley Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 533 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Du, du waltz Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 533 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Du, du Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 534 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Believe me, if all those endearing young charms Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 534 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Believe me, if all those endearing young charms Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 535 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Dinah medley Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 535 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Dinah medley Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 663 7-in. ca. 1902-Oct. 1905 Musical moke Artists vary Talk, with xylophone, piccolo, fife, and drums instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 663 10-in. ca. 1902 Musical moke Artists vary Talk with xylophone, piccolo, fife, and drums instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 823 7-in. ca. 1902 Washington Post march Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 823 10-in. ca. 1902 Washington Post march Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 824 7-in. ca. 1902 William Tell : Finale to Overture Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
(Results 76-100 of 189 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lowe, Charles P.," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216.

Lowe, Charles P.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216.

"Lowe, Charles P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.

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