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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 126-150 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Zonophone [Zo cat 839] 9-in. Before May 1902 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 840] 9-in. Before May 1902 High and low Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1164] 9-in. Before May 1902 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1165] 9-in. Before May 1902 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1166] 9-in. Before May 1902 Du, du, with variations Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1167] 9-in. Before May 1902 Pretty violets Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1843] 7-in. Before May 1902 Firefly galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1844] 7-in. Before May 1902 Brilliant galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1845] 7-in. Before May 1902 Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1846] 7-in. Before May 1902 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1847] 7-in. Before May 1902 High and low Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5263] 7-in. Before June 1903 Brilliant galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5263] 9-in. Before June 1903 Brilliant galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5264] 7-in. Before June 1903 Carnival of Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5264] 9-in. Before June 1903 Carnival of Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5265] 7-in. Before June 1903 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5265] 9-in. Before June 1903 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5266] 7-in. Before June 1903 Du, du, with variations Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5266] 9-in. Before June 1903 Du, du, with variations Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5267] 7-in. Before June 1903 Firefly galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5267] 9-in. Before June 1903 Firefly galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5268] 7-in. Before June 1903 High and low Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5268] 9-in. Before June 1903 High and low Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5269] 7-in. Before June 1903 Medley of popular airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5269] 9-in. Before June 1903 Medley of popular airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
(Results 126-150 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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