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Charles Adams Prince

Charles Adams Prince (1869 – October 10, 1937) was an American conductor, bandleader, pianist and organist known for conducting the Columbia Orchestra and, later, Prince's Band and Orchestra. He made his first recordings, as a pianist, in 1891 for the New York Phonograph Company. Later in the 1890s he worked as a musical director for Columbia Records. He also conducted the Columbia Orchestra and Columbia Band starting in 1904 as the successor of the cornetist Tom Clark.

In 1905, Prince assembled the ensembles Prince's Band, Prince's Orchestra, and the Banda Espanola. They principally recorded for Columbia's disc releases and performed much of the same music as the Columbia Band, which was given over for cylinder recording to the veteran flutist and conductor George Schweinfest. Prince's own composition, "The Barbary Rag", was recorded by the band in 1913.

Prince's Band was the first to record many compositions that became jazz standards. Their version of W. C. Handy's "Saint Louis Blues" in 1915 is the first known recording of the song. It took the band two sessions to record a successful take, which was considered unusual considering the talent of the band and its leader. Another song by Handy, "The Memphis Blues", was recorded by Prince's Band in 1914, a week after its first recording by the Victor Military Band. Other standards introduced by the band are Porter Steele's "High Society" (1911) and Lew Pollack and Ray Gilbert's "That's a Plenty" (1914). His band also played the popular instrumental "Too Much Mustard" released by Columbia and Sears's Oxford Records.

Prince recorded as a solo celeste player under the name Charles Adams. As such, his recording of "Silver Threads Among the Gold" was popular.

At Columbia, Prince also showed initiative in expanding the company's "classical" orchestral catalogue and in experimenting with the size of ensembles that acoustic recording equipment could capture. In October 1910 he conducted an abbreviated version of Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, popularly known as the Unfinished Symphony, on two sides of a 12-inch disc (released as Columbia A 5267), which was the first orchestral recording of any part of a symphony. He assembled a 90-piece orchestra to record the overture to Richard Wagner's opera Rienzi in February 1917 (released as Columbia A 6006), which was the largest ensemble commercially recorded to that date. Prince's last recording for Columbia was in 1922. He then changed labels to Puritan Records and later to Victor Records, where he worked as associate musical director.

Prince was related to the U.S. presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1869, Died October 10, 1937

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, director, piano, arranger, composer, celeste, lyricist, xylophone, organ

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Recordings (Results 151-175 of 553 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30740 10-in. 9/2/1924 Pitter pat Helen Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30741 10-in. 9/2/1924 Pitter pat Helen Clark Female vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30748 10-in. 9/4/1924 Beyond the smiling and the weeping Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30749 10-in. 9/4/1924 Where is my boy to-night Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30753 10-in. 9/5/1924 La pastora fedele Imerio Ferrari Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30754 10-in. 9/5/1924 Il cacciatore del bosco Imerio Ferrari Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30788 10-in. 9/9/1924 Where the dreamy Wabash flows Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30789 10-in. 9/9/1924 Follow the swallow Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30790 10-in. 9/9/1924 Morning (Won't you ever come 'round) Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30791 10-in. 9/9/1924 The sun's gonna shine again Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30792 10-in. 9/10/1924 The waltz of love Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30793 10-in. 9/10/1924 Sweet rose o' Sharon Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30922 10-in. 9/22/1924 Tea for two Helen Clark ; Lewis James Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30923 10-in. 9/22/1924 I want to be happy Helen Clark ; Lewis James Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30926 10-in. 9/23/1924 Caroline (Pal o' mine) Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30927 10-in. 9/23/1924 The pal that I loved stole the gal that I loved Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30928 10-in. 9/23/1924 I'm someone who's no one to you Elliott Shaw Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30939 10-in. 9/26/1924 The Buckeye battle cry Frank Crumit Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30940 10-in. 9/26/1924 Hi-hi-Ohio Frank Crumit Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30961 10-in. 10/2/1924 The ten commandments of love Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30962 10-in. 10/2/1924 The heart of a girl Franklyn Baur ; Elliott Shaw Male vocal duet, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30963 10-in. 10/2/1924 Hail Columbia Lewis James ; Shannon Quartet Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30973 10-in. 10/6/1924 Der neue Zeppelin Ernest Balle Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30974 10-in. 10/6/1924 Auf der Alm da steht ne Kuh Ernest Balle Male vocal solo, with clarinet and orchestra conductor  
Victor B-30975 10-in. 10/6/1924 All alone Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
(Results 151-175 of 553 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Prince, Charles Adams," accessed December 6, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111328.

Prince, Charles Adams. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111328.

"Prince, Charles Adams." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 6 December 2022.

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