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Samuel Siegel

Samuel Siegel (born 1875, Des Moines, Iowa — died January 14, 1948, Los Angeles, California) was an American mandolin virtuoso and composer who played mandolin on 29 records for Victor Records, including 9 pieces of his own composition and two that he arranged. Siegel was the first mandolinist to record on Emile Berliner's phonograph disk-records. He was labeled "America's Greatest Mandoline Virtuoso" and "The King of the Mandolin" in the May 1900 Banjo World.

Siegel performed both in vaudeville, as well as in concert halls. He had no formal training in music, but saw that the mandolin needed original music, rather than relying on the transcribed violin music. His compositions and arrangements were well known in his day.

He was the author of Siegel's Special Mandolin Studies, published by Jos. W Stern and Company, 1901, in which he covered left hand Pizzicato and harmonic duo style.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1875 (Des Moines), Died January 14th, 1948 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: mandolin, composer, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 66 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 01141 7-in. 4/2/1900 Nearer, my God, to Thee Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Berliner 01276 7-in. Before June 1900 Home, sweet home Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Berliner 01277 7-in. Before June 1900 Cradle song Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Berliner 01278 7-in. Before June 1900 I love you in the same old way Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Berliner 01279 7-in. Before June 1900 Come ye disconsolate Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]445 7-in. 10/20/1900 The foxhunters two-step Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]446 7-in. 10/20/1900 Espagnole waltz Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]447 7-in. 10/20/1900 Hawthorne club Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]448 7-in. 10/20/1900 Remembrance of thee Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]449 7-in. 10/20/1900 Medley of coon songs Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]450 7-in. 10/20/1900 Ma lady Lou Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3379 10-in. 5/20/1901 Volunteer patrol Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3380 10-in. 5/20/1901 American valor march Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3381 10-in. 5/20/1901 La bonita waltz Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3382 10-in. 5/20/1901 Romance Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3383 10-in. 5/20/1901 In olden times Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor B-2086 10-in. 12/27/1904 Nearer, my God, to Thee Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor B-2087 10-in. 12/27/1904 Manzanillo Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor B-2088 10-in. 12/27/1904 An autumn evening Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor B-2089 10-in. 12/27/1904 A-sa-ma Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor B-2090 10-in. 12/27/1904 Maritana mazurka Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor B-2091 10-in. 12/27/1904 Navajo medley Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin, arranger  
Victor B-2092 10-in. 12/28/1904 La cinquantaine Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor B-2093 10-in. 12/28/1904 Träumerei Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor B-2094 10-in. 12/28/1904 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin, arranger  
(Results 1-25 of 66 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Siegel, Samuel," accessed November 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100222.

Siegel, Samuel. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100222.

"Siegel, Samuel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100222

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