Felix Arndt (May 20, 1889 – October 16, 1918) was an American pianist and composer of popular music. His mother was the Countess Fevrier, related to Napoleon III. His father, Hugo Arndt, was Swiss-born.
Educated in New York (his music teachers included Carl Lachmund), Arndt composed songs for the famous vaudeville team of Jack Norworth and Nora Bayes, and recorded over 3000 piano rolls for Duo-Art and QRS Records. He died in New York City from the "Spanish flu" influenza. Arndt is interred at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, NY.
Arndt is best remembered for his 1915 composition "Nola," written as an engagement gift to his fiancée (and later wife), Nola Locke. It is sometimes considered to be the first example of the novelty piano or "novelty ragtime" genre, published by Sam Fox Publishing Company. It was the signature theme of the Vincent Lopez orchestra, and a top ten hit for Les Paul in 1950. A vocal recording by Billy Williams, featuring lyrics by Sunny Skylar, became a minor hit in 1959.
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 100 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-11406||10-in.||12/20/1911||When Sunday rolls around||"That Girl" Quartet||Female vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12237||10-in.||7/26/1912||Campin' on de old Suwanee||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-12238||10-in.||7/26/1912||Florida rag||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-12239||10-in.||7/26/1912||Persiflage||Fred Van Eps||Banjo solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-12300||10-in.||8/8/1912||The smiler||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-12301||10-in.||8/8/1912||Porto Rico||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-12302||10-in.||8/8/1912||Sumurun girl||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-12303||10-in.||8/8/1912||The merry-go-round||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-12304||10-in.||8/8/1912||The haunting rag||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14419||10-in.||2/5/1914||Thanks for the lobster||Fred Van Eps||Banjo solo, with piano, drum, and traps (take 1); with piano and drums (take 2)||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14420||10-in.||2/5/1914||Notoriety rag||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14493||10-in.||2/20/1914||Hacienda||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14494||10-in.||2/20/1914||Hesitation waltz||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14502||10-in.||2/20/1914||From soup to nuts||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14503||10-in.||2/20/1914||Humoresque rag||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||arranger, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14541||10-in.||3/6/1914||Desecration rag (A classic nightmare)||Felix Arndt||Piano solo||arranger, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14587||10-in.||3/19/1914||Too much ginger||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14588||10-in.||3/19/1914||The smiler rag medley||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-14589||10-in.||3/19/1914||Chinese picnic||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||C-15093||12-in.||9/4/1914||Old folks rag||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-15093||10-in.||7/29/1914||Old folks rag||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-15094||10-in.||7/29/1914||Too much trouble||Van Eps Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-15141||10-in.||8/24/1914||Toots||Dr. Clarence J. Penney||Mandolin solo, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-15142||10-in.||8/24/1914||Le trousseau||Dr. Clarence J. Penney||Mandolin solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-15143||10-in.||8/24/1914||Indianola patrol||Dr. Clarence J. Penney||Mandolin solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Arndt, Felix," accessed December 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103634.
Arndt, Felix. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103634.
"Arndt, Felix." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 December 2023.
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