John S. Thompson

John Sylvanus Thompson (8 March 1889 – 1963) was an American pianist, composer, and educator. He was born in Williamstown, Pennsylvania, to James C. Thompson, a merchant in a general store, and his Welsh wife, Emma J. Thompson (nee Hall). John had three younger siblings: Alma, born 1895, James Jr., born in 1900, and Frank, born in 1905. Thompson had a promising career as a pianist, performing in many cities in America. In July, 1909, Thompson applied for a passport in preparation for touring Europe as a concert pianist. Once there, however, due to health issues and unrest leading up to World War I, he returned to the United States in April 1914. Thompson moved to Philadelphia to teach piano and met a writer, Loretta Katherine Foy, three years his junior, who was residing with her widowed mother. Thompson and Foy married on 14 August 1916 near his home town. They relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, where Thompson worked as a piano teacher in a music school. There, their son, John Jr., was born in 1918, followed by a second son, Charles Leslie, in 1924. He maintained a long and distinguished career in piano pedagogy. Thompson headed music conservatories in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Kansas City.

His piano methods, Modern Course for the Piano, Teaching Little Fingers to Play (the first part of the Modern Course), Adult Piano Course and Easiest Piano Course are published by the Willis Music Company.

Thompson died in Tucson, Arizona, after a long illness in 1963.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1889, Died 1963

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1912

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-9022 12-in. 5/27/1910 Vocal lesson no. 1, series A Evan Williams Singing instruction, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-9023 12-in. 5/27/1910 Vocal lesson no. 2, series A Evan Williams Singing instruction, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-9024 12-in. 5/27/1910 Vocal lesson no. 3, series A Evan Williams Singing instruction, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-9026 12-in. 5/27/1910 Vocal lesson no. 4, series A Evan Williams Singing instruction, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-9027 12-in. 5/27/1910 Vocal lesson no. 5, series A Evan Williams Singing instruction, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9028 10-in. 5/27/1910 Four leaf clover Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-9166 12-in. 7/13/1910 Meditation Howard Rattay Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-9167 12-in. 7/13/1910 Romanze Howard Rattay Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9168 10-in. 7/14/1910 Hungarian dance Howard Rattay Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-9169 12-in. 7/14/1910 Capriccio Howard Rattay Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9174 10-in. 7/18/1910 Soi vienosti murheeni soitto Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9175 10-in. 7/18/1910 Nün kauvan mina tramppaan Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9176 10-in. 7/18/1910 Se oli yksi lauvantaki ilta Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9184 10-in. 7/18/1910 Itkevä huilu Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9185 10-in. 7/18/1910 Miksi laulan Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9186 10-in. 7/18/1910 Kun päivä paistaa Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9187 10-in. 7/18/1910 Ingalill Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9188 10-in. 7/10/1910 Linjaali rattaat Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9189 10-in. 7/10/1910 Eikä sitä sanoa saisi Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9190 10-in. 7/19/1910 Illalle Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9191 10-in. 7/19/1910 Uskoton Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-9192 10-in. 7/19/1910 Kaks' neitoa käveli Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-10513 10-in. 6/7/1911 Hearing Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-10514 10-in. 6/7/1911 Slumber song Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-10517 10-in. 6/8/1911 The sandman Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thompson, John S.," accessed October 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109327.

Thompson, John S.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109327.

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