Harry P. Guy

Harry P. Guy (1870—1950) was an African-American ragtime composer who lived in Detroit after 1895. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio. After writing his first compositions in Ohio, he became one of the greatest contributors to ragtime music in Detroit, and was called one of the city's "unique and unusually gifted musicians." He later fell into obscurity and died in poverty. He died in Detroit at age 80.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 17th, 1870 (Zanesville), Died September 19th, 1950 (Detroit)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1919

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1659 7-in. 10/8/1902 The pearl of the harem Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1659 10-in. 10/8/1902 The pearl of the harem Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor B-10396 10-in. 6/7/1911 Pearl of the harem Fred Van Eps Banjo solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1059 7-in. ca. 1902 Pearl of the harem Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1059 10-in. ca. 1902 Pearl of the harem Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 19471 10-in. 7/26/1911 Pearl of the harem Fred Van Eps Banjo solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46486 10-in. 3/10/1916 Pearl of the harem Fred Van Eps Banjo solo, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Guy, Harry P.," accessed December 4, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111671.

Guy, Harry P.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111671.

"Guy, Harry P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 4 December 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111671

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