Felix Arndt

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  
(Results 76-97 of 97 records)

Citation

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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