J. B. Lampe

Jens Bodewalt Lampe (November 8, 1869 – May 26, 1929) was a Danish-born American composer, arranger, performer and band-leader of ragtime and syncopated dance music.

Lampe was born in Ribe, Denmark to Christian and Sophia Lampe. In 1873, his family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where his father took over leadership of the Great Western Band. Lampe was a child prodigy on the violin and became the first chair violinist for the Minneapolis Symphony at age 16. He met and married his wife, Josephine, while receiving tuition in Chicago in 1888. In the early 1890s, he and his wife moved to Buffalo, where they had four children, Walter, Petra, Dorothy and Joseph Dell (known later as "Dell"). At this time, he began composing and publishing his own music and led a dance orchestra.

In 1900, a year after the success of Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag", he published his most successful and enduring song "Creole Belles", a rag or cakewalk that sold more than a million copies in sheet music. The song was recorded by Sousa's Band in 1902 and has been a staple of jazz bands and ragtime pianists into the 21st century. He also collected, and may possibly have composed, Mysterioso Pizzicato, the piece of photoplay music whose main motif became a standard cue for stealth and villainy and has seen "hundreds of tongue-in-cheek uses" in features and cartoons.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 8th, 1869 (Ribe), Died May 26th, 1929

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 90 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1023 7-in. 10/16/1901 Creole bells Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1023 10-in. 10/16/1901 Creole belles Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1079 7-in. 11/1/1901 Creole belles Christopher H. H. Booth Piano solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1079 10-in. 11/1/1901 Creole belles Christopher H. H. Booth Piano solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1182 7-in. 1/2/1902 Creole belles Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1182 10-in. 1/2/1902 Creole belles Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]1182 12-in. 6/24/1902 Creole belles Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1291 7-in. 2/27/1902 Creole belles Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1291 10-in. 2/27/1902 Creole belles Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1974 7-in. 2/16/1903 Dreamy eyes Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1974 10-in. 2/16/1903 Dreamy eyes Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor A-132 7-in. 6/24/1903 Dixie girl Parke Hunter Banjo solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-132 10-in. 6/24/1903 Dixie girl Parke Hunter Banjo solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-467 7-in. 9/30/1903 Dixie girl Saxophone Quartet of Sousa's Band Saxophone quartet composer  
Victor B-467 10-in. 9/30/1903 Dixie girl Saxophone Quartet of Sousa's Band Saxophone quartet composer  
Victor B-835 10-in. 12/16/1903 Creole belles Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor A-1594 7-in. 7/13/1904 Dreamy eyes Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor B-1594 10-in. 7/13/1904 Dreamy eyes Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor A-1737 7-in. 10/6/1904 Yankee girl march Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-1737 10-in. 10/6/1904 Yankee girl march Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-1737 12-in. 10/13/1904 Yankee girl march Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor E-1737 8-in. 4/18/1906 Yankee girl march Pryor's Orchestra [i.e., Victor Orchestra] Orchestra composer  
Victor A-2054 7-in. 12/14/1904 Creole belles Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2054 10-in. 12/14/1904 Creole belles Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2384 10-in. 3/21/1905 Moonlight on the old plantation Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 90 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lampe, J. B.," accessed November 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109310.

Lampe, J. B.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109310.

"Lampe, J. B.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 November 2020.

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