Lee S. Roberts

Leland Stanford Roberts (1884–1949), commonly known as Lee S. Roberts, was an American composer and pianist.

He is best known for his composition 'Smiles' with lyricist J. Will Callahan, written in 1917, but was a prolific composer across many genres of music.

He was also the Vice-President of the QRS Music Roll Company, and recorded hundreds of piano rolls under his name and also the pseudonym Stanford Robar. He was particularly active in recording salon and ballad style music.

He lived in San Francisco.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1884, Died January 1st, 1949

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, songwriter, adapter, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 100 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-20501 10-in. 8/13/1917 Ching-chong Van Eps Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor B-21881 10-in. 6/3/1918 Smiles Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus composer  
Victor B-22165 10-in. 7/17/1918 Italian nights waltzes Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-22198 10-in. 8/8/1918 Hawaiian nights waltzes Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with piano composer  
Victor B-22215 10-in. 8/16/1918 Smiles Maria Morrisey ; Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet and female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-22228 10-in. 9/9/1918 Smiles Lambert Murphy Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor B-22255 10-in. 9/24/1918 Smiles John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-22263 10-in. 9/27/1918 A little birch canoe and you Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra (takes 3-5); with mixed vocal quartet (takes 1-2) composer  
Victor B-22367 10-in. 1/30/1919 Mammy's lullaby Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Orchestra, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor B-22567 10-in. 1/30/1919 Lonesome—that's all Lambert Murphy Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-22567 10-in. 1/3/1927 Lonesome—that's all Lambert Murphy Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Victor B-22599 10-in. 2/25/1919 After all Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor B-23298 10-in. 10/10/1919 Patches Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-24359 10-in. 7/29/1920 Drowsy baby Elsie Baker ; Olive Kline Female vocal duet, with violin, bells, and orchestra adapter  
Victor B-24578 10-in. 11/24/1920 Hawaiian nights Frank Ferera ; Anthony J. Franchini Guitar duet (Hawaiian) composer  
Victor B-25008 10-in. 3/17/1921 Broken moon Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-28007 10-in. 5/15/1923 Oh! Harold! Zez Confrey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-29704 10-in. 3/13/1924 Sad Hawaiian sea Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra Instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) composer  
Victor BVE-40527 10-in. 10/31/1927 Hawaiian nights Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra Instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) composer  
Victor BVE-47053 10-in. 9/18/1928 Smiles Jimmy Yates’ Boll Weevils String band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBVE-54853 10-in. 6/19/1930 Smiles Boyd Senter ; Senterpedes ; Ray Stillwell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-58569 10-in. 2/11/1930 Lonesome—that's all David Buttolph ; National Cavaliers Male vocal quartet, with guitar and piano composer  
Victor MBS-90872 10-in. before 9/7/1937 Sonrisas Magos del Ritmo ; Paco Treviño Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor PBVE-284 10-in. 4/25/1927 Lover's lane Lee S. Roberts Piano solo composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBVE-285 10-in. 4/25/1927 Sweetie sweet Lee S. Roberts Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
(Results 1-25 of 100 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Roberts, Lee S.," accessed June 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109584.

Roberts, Lee S.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109584.

"Roberts, Lee S.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 June 2021.

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