Wallie Herzer (né Walter Henry Herzer; 15 April 1885 San Francisco – 15 October 1961 Redwood City, California) was an American composer of popular music, music publisher, and pianist. Herzer flourished in music prior to and during World War I. The Columbia recording of his 1912 composition, "Everybody Two-Step" — performed by ragtime pianist Mike Bernard on December 2, 1912, in New York City — is the first recording of ragtime music. It became a hit and coincided at the start of a renewed craze for ragtime and dance — fifteen years after William Krell's "Mississippi Rag" had been published, the first known published music with "rag" in the title. Several other recordings of "Everybody Two-Step" became hits. Herzer composed three other hits — a 1913 piano rag, "Tickle the Ivories" – which also became hit as a vocal arrangement; a 1914 foxtrot song, "Get Over, Sal"; and a 1916 Hawaiian waltz song, "Aloha Land". Other compositions — including his 1908 piano ragtime two-step and barn dance, "The Rah-Rah Boy", and his 1913 rag turkey trot, "Let's Dance" — were internationally distributed.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 15, 1885 (San Francisco), Died October 15, 1961 (Redwood City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-12340||10-in.||9/6/1912||Everybody two-step||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||B-12685||10-in.||12/10/1912||Everybody two-step||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-12779||10-in.||1/9/1913||Everybody two-step||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-20614||10-in.||8/10/1917||Aloha land||Athenian Mandolin Quartet ; Louise and Ferera||Guitar duet (Hawaiian), with mandolin quartet||composer|
|Columbia||38435||10-in.||11/22/1912||Everybody two-step||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||38467||10-in.||12/2/1912||Everybody two-step||Mike Bernard||Piano solo||composer|
|Columbia||77254||10-in.||8/14/1917||Aloha land||Louise and Ferera||Steel guitar and guitar duet (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Columbia||79347||10-in.||7/16/1920||Aloha land||Ferera and Franchini||Steel guitar duet (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Columbia||W148284||10-in.||4/15/1929||Everybody two step||Roane County Ramblers||Instrumental quartet||composer|
|OKeh||S-7532||10-in.||Aug. 1920||Aloha land||Ferera and Franchini ; George Hamilton Green||Guitar duet, with xylophone (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5213-b]||10-in.||approximately Mar. 1918||Aloha land||Louise, Ferera, and Greenus||Instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Brunswick||6393-6395||10-in.||approximately Sept. 1921||Everybody step||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E26489-E26490||10-in.||2/14/1928||Aloha land||Royal Hawaiians||Vocal and instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Edison||6229||10-in.||6/17/1918||Aloha land||Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herzer, Wallie," accessed May 20, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105879.
Herzer, Wallie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 20, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105879.
"Herzer, Wallie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 20 May 2022.
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