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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 101-125 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 824 10-in. ca. 1902 Overture to William Tell : Finale Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 825 7-in. ca. 1902-Oct. 1905 Stars and stripes forever march Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 825 10-in. ca. 1902 Stars and stripes forever march Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 827 7-in. ca. 1902 El capitan : March Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 827 10-in. ca. 1902-1908 El capitan : March Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 929 7-in. ca. 1902 I have grown so used to you Columbia Orchestra Orchestra, with xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 929 10-in. ca. 1902 I have grown so used to you Columbia Orchestra Orchestra, with xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 930 7-in. ca. 1902-Oct. 1905 The messenger boy march Columbia Orchestra Xylophone solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 930 10-in. ca. 1902 The messenger boy Columbia Orchestra Orchestra, with xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Columbia 3044 10-in. ca. 1904-Jan. 1905 American patrol Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 968 9-in. ca. Nov. 1903 Firefly galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1075 9-in. ca. Nov. 1903 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1077 9-in. ca. Nov. 1903 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1082 7-in. ca. Nov. 1903 Brilliant galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1083 9-in. ca. Nov. 1903 Brilliant galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1087 9-in. ca. Nov. 1903 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1088 7-in. ca. Nov. 1903 Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1090 7-in. ca. Nov. 1903 Medley of popular airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1091 9-in. ca. Dec. 1903 Medley of popular airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1094 7-in. Before Dec. 1903 Alagazam Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1095 9-in. Before Dec. 1903 Alagazam Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone 1096 7-in. Before Dec. 1903 Pretty little Dinah Jones Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 836] 9-in. Before May 1902 Firefly galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 837] 9-in. Before May 1902 Brilliant galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 838] 9-in. Before May 1902 Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
(Results 101-125 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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