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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 151-175 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5270] 7-in. Before June 1903 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5270] 9-in. Before June 1903 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5271] 7-in. Before June 1903 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5271] 9-in. Before June 1903 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5272] 9-in. Before June 1903 Pretty violets Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5273] 7-in. Before June 1903 Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5273] 9-in. Before June 1903 Scotch airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9085] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9086] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Pretty dark blue eyes Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9087] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Carnival of Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9090] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 The mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9091] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Robin Adair Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9092] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9094] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Du, du, with variations Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 9918] 7-in. Before May 1901 Pretty violets Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 9918] 9-in. Before May 1901 Pretty violets Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 9920] 9-in. Before May 1901 Pickanninny polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 9921] 7-in. Before May 1901 Then you'll remember me Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Zonophone [Zo cat 9921] 9-in. Before May 1901 Then you'll remember me Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo, with piano instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1600] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Kiss me, Honey, do Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1601] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 My old Kentucky home Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1602] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Down the Suwanee River Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1603] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Believe me if all those endearing young charms Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1604] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Firefly—Galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1605] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Leonora—Walz Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
(Results 151-175 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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