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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 51-66 of 66 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 4023 10-in. ca. Jan.-Aug. 1909 The flowers Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Columbia W142806 10-in. 10/11/1926 Lullaby Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, unaccompanied instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Columbia W142807 10-in. 10/11/1926 Come, ye disconsolate Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, unaccompanied instrumentalist, mandolin, arranger  
OKeh 524 10-in. ca. Dec. 1918 Castilian echoes Marie Caveny ; Samuel Siegel Mandolin and ukulele duet instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
OKeh 526 10-in. ca. Dec. 1918 Valse caprice Marie Caveny ; Samuel Siegel Mandolin and ukulele duet instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
OKeh [OK cat 1275-b] 10-in. approximately 1919 Old folks at home Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Edison 6599 10-in. 1/31/1919 Ragtime echoes Marie Caveny ; Samuel Siegel Ukulele and mandolin duet instrumentalist, mandolin  
Edison 6600 10-in. 1/31/1919 Kuu ipo i ka hee pue one Marie Caveny ; Samuel Siegel Ukulele and mandolin duet instrumentalist, mandolin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9106] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Story teller waltz Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9107] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Fairhill wheelmen Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9108] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 The pixie's dance Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9109] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Rag time medley Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9110] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Maritana : Mazurka Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9111] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Elfin dance Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9113] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Hawthorne Club march Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9115] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Remembrance of thee Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo, with piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
(Results 51-66 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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