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.
= Recordings are available for online listening.
= 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lada, Anton," accessed November 30, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110056.
Lada, Anton. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110056.
"Lada, Anton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 30 November 2022.
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