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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 176-189 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1606] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Massa's in de cold, cold ground Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1607] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Gretchen—Polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1608] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Listen to the mocking bird Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1609] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Robin Adair Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1610] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Pickaninny polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1611] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Dancing in the sunlight Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1612] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 The Bohemian girl: Then you'll remember me Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1613] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Annie Laurie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1614] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Pretty little dark blue eyes Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1615] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Medley of popular airs Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1616] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Carnival of Venice Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1617] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Tuxedo polka Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1618] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Happy days in Dixie Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cylinder 1619] 2-minute between 1899 and 1902 Brilliant galop Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo instrumentalist, xylophone  
(Results 176-189 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100216

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