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.
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 aged 29 during the Spanish flu pandemic.
Arndt is best remembered for his 1915 composition "Nola," written as an engagement gift to his fiancee (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.
Birth and Death Data: Born May 20th, 1889 (New York City), Died October 16th, 1918 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, celeste, arranger
Recordings (Results 76-97 of 97 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W140610||10-in.||5/16/1925||Nola||Charles Bourne ; Phil Ellis||Piano duet||composer|
|Columbia||W140777||10-in.||7/21/1925||Nola||Walter Feldkamp ; Alan Moran||Piano duet||composer|
|Columbia||W141519||10-in.||1/19/1926||Nola||Hotel Hollenden Orchestra ; Carl Rupp||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W143148||10-in.||11/24/1926||Nola||Carson Robison||Whistling solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W148028||10-in.||3/7/1929||Nola||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-70555||10-in.||Mar. 1922||Nola||Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez||Jazz/dance band, with piano solo||composer|
|OKeh||W80207||10-in.||11/11/1926||Nola||Carson Robison||Whistling solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||8149||10-in.||approximately May 1922||Nobody loves me now||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; Margaret Young||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||7700-7702||10-in.||approximately Mar. 1922||Nola||Carl Fenton’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||9977-9979||10-in.||2/23/1923||Nola||Fredric Fradkin||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||10148-10150||10-in.||3/19/1923||Nola||Fredric Fradkin||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||C1862||10-in.||4/2/1928||Nola||Sid Williams||Piano solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E27306||10-in.||4/9/1928||Nola||Fredric Fradkin||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||E24455-E24457||10-in.||9/15/1927||Nola||Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman||Piano duet||composer|
|Brunswick||E25330-E25331||10-in.||11/29/1927||Nola||Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman||Piano duet||composer|
|Edison||3482||10-in.||between 12/21/1914 and 12/29/1914||Kakuda||Van Eps Banjo Orchestra||Banjo orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6211||10-in.||6/13/1918||Clover club||Imperial Marimba Band||Marimba band||composer|
|Edison||8386||10-in.||3/17/1922||Nola||Vincent Lopez Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||11189||10-in.||9/10/1926||Nola||Ernie Anderson ; Jacob Louis Merkur||Banjo solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||11190||10-in.||9/10/1926||Marionette||Ernie Anderson ; Jacob Louis Merkur||Banjo solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||11466||10-in.||1/25/1927||Nola||Carson Robison||Whistling solo||composer|
|Edison||11828||10-in.||8/1/1927||Nola||Murray Kellner Dinner Music Ensemble||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Arndt, Felix," accessed May 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103634.
Arndt, Felix. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103634.
"Arndt, Felix." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 May 2021.
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