Anton Lada

Anton Lada (September 25, 1890 - August 28, 1944) was a ragtime, jazz and dance musician. He was a drummer. He played with and was the manager of the Louisiana Five. He recorded on Columbia Records and toured. He performed for dancing and vaudeville shows and made a series of recordings for Emerson Records, Edison Records, and Columbia Records.

He is credited as co-composer of a number of tunes with Spencer Williams, most successfully the "Arkansas Blues".

After the breakup of his first Louisiana Five, he formed a series of his own bands before launching a new "Original Louisiana Five" band and moving to Hollywood to do film scores.

Lada was born in Prague in the Kingdom of Bohemia and moved with his family to Chicago as a child.

Lada formed various bands and made recordings with them.

He composed "Let Us Be Sweethearts Again" with Ernie Erdman in 1921. He copyrighted "Neglected Blues" with Williams.

Harry L. Alford arranged Some of his songs.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 25, 1890 (Chicago), Died August 28, 1944 (Santa Monica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, drums, songwriter

Notes: Member of the Louisiana Five.

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-22701 10-in. 3/6/1919 Rose of Louraine Louisiana Five Jass Band [i.e., Louisiana Five] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums, composer  
Victor [Trial 1919-02-11-03] Not documented 2/11/1919 Klondyke blues Louisiana Five Jass Band [i.e., Louisiana Five] Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor [Trial 1919-02-11-04] Not documented 2/11/1919 Orange blossom rag Louisiana Five Jass Band [i.e., Louisiana Five] Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor [Trial 1920-04-14-01] Not documented 4/14/1920 Barcelona Lada's Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, leader  
Victor [Trial 1920-04-14-02] Not documented 4/14/1920 Kune-jine Lada's Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, leader  
Victor [Trial 1920-09-21-01] Not documented 9/21/1920 At Parson Jenkin's ball Lada's Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 78376 10-in. 4/1/1919 Just another good man gone wrong Louisiana Five Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums, leader  
Columbia 78377 10-in. 4/1/1919 Yelping hound blues Louisiana Five Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, drums, leader  
Columbia 78806 10-in. 11/7/1919 White way blues Louisiana Five Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia 80001 10-in. 9/27/1921 Arkansas blues Mary Stafford Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia 81860 10-in. 7/3/1924 Arkansas blues Little Ramblers Jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh 649 10-in. ca. Apr. 1919 Laughing blues Louisiana Five Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums, leader, composer  
OKeh 650 10-in. ca. Apr. 1919 After all Louisiana Five Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums, leader  
OKeh S-7866 10-in. Apr. 1921 Arkansas blues Black Devil Orchestra ; J. Tim Brymn Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70141 10-in. Sept. 1921 Arkansas blues Mamie Smith and her Jazz Band Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh S-70185 10-in. Sept. 1921 Yelping hound blues Brown and Terry Jazzola Boys Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71513 10-in. May 1923 Church Street sobbin' blues Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
OKeh S-72913 10-in. Oct. 1924 Arkansaw blues Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams Female-male vocal duet, with cornet and banjo songwriter  
OKeh W80733 10-in. 4/14/1927 Arkansas blues The Goofus Five Jazz/dance ensemble composer  
OKeh W81865 10-in. 11/25/1927 (Norfolk) Church Street sobbin' blues Clarence Williams’ Washboard Four Jazz/dance quartet composer  
OKeh W401292 10-in. 11/5/1928 (Norfolk) Church Street sobbin' blues Eddie Lang Guitar solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick C1859 10-in. 4/3/1928 Arkansas blues (A down home chant) Bessie Brown Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick 517 10-in. March 1928 Arkansas Fred Elizalde Hot Music Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 6720 10-in. 4/14/1919 Foot warmer Louisiana Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, drums, leader, composer  
Edison 6721 10-in. 4/14/1919 B-hap-e Louisiana Five Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, drums, leader, composer  
(Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lada, Anton," accessed November 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110056.

Lada, Anton. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110056.

"Lada, Anton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 November 2022.

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