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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 26-50 of 66 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2095 10-in. 12/28/1904 The whirlwind march Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor B-2096 10-in. 12/28/1904 Boston Ideal march Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor B-6255 10-in. 6/4/1908 Estellita waltz Roy Butin ; Samuel Siegel Mandolin and harp-guitar duet instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor B-6256 10-in. 6/4/1908 American valor march Roy Butin ; Samuel Siegel Mandolin and harp-guitar duet instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor B-6257 10-in. 6/4/1908 In Fairyland Roy Butin ; Samuel Siegel Mandolin and harp-guitar duet instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor [Trial 1918-12-28-01] Not documented 12/28/1918 Dance Miss M. Caveny ; Samuel Siegel Ukulele and mandolin duet instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Trial 1918-12-28-02] Not documented 12/28/1918 Mouse dance Miss M. Caveny ; Samuel Siegel Ukulele and mandolin duet instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Trial 1918-12-28-03] Not documented 12/28/1918 Ragtime echoes Miss M. Caveny ; Samuel Siegel Ukulele and mandolin duet instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor [Trial 1918-12-28-04] Not documented 12/28/1918 Medley Miss M. Caveny ; Samuel Siegel Ukulele and mandolin duet instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 7 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 American valor march Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano composer, instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 574 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 The fox hunter Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 574 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 The fox hunter Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 575 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Every race has a flag but the coon Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 575 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Every race has a flag but the coon Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 576 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 My little Georgia rose Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 576 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 My little Georgia rose Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 577 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Kunnin' kaffirs Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 577 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Kunnin' kaffirs Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 578 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Home, sweet home Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 578 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Home, sweet home Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 579 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Remembrance of thee Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Columbia 579 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Remembrance of thee Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Columbia 4018 10-in. ca. 1/25/1909 Sugar plum Roy Butin ; Samuel Siegel Mandolin and harp-guitar duet instrumentalist, mandolin  
Columbia 4019 10-in. ca. 1/25/1909 Gavotte caprice Roy Butin ; Samuel Siegel Mandolin and harp-guitar duet instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Columbia 4020 10-in. ca. 1/25/1909 Ivanhoe intermezzo Roy Butin ; Samuel Siegel Mandolin and harp-guitar duet instrumentalist, mandolin  
(Results 26-50 of 66 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Siegel, Samuel," accessed March 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100222.

Siegel, Samuel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100222.

"Siegel, Samuel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 March 2021.

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

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