Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight (January 16, 1891 – September 22, 1940) was an American pianist, bandleader and composer. He started his career in 1909 accompanying singer Gene Greene in Vaudeville. In 1916, he began working at the Imperial Piano Roll Company in Chicago, where he recorded dozens of piano rolls. He became a popular bandleader in Chicago during the 1920s. His band, the Charley Straight Orchestra, had a long term engagement at the Rendezvous Café from 1922 to 1925 and recorded for Paramount Records and Brunswick Records in the 1920s.
During the 1920s Straight worked with Roy Bargy on the latter's eight Piano Syncopations. In describing "Rufenreddy", the fifth in the series, the ragtime historian "Perfessor" Bill Edwards stated:
Straight died in Chicago on the evening of September 22, 1940, after being struck by a car. At the time, Straight was working as a sanitary inspector for the city of Chicago, and was emerging from a manhole in the street.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 16th, 1891 (Chicago), Died September 21st, 1940 (Chicago)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, songwriter, piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 114 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-10211||10-in.||4/18/1911||King of the bungaloos||Gene Greene||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-12525||10-in.||10/22/1912||Mocking bird rag||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||B-13894||10-in.||10/2/1913||You went away||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-15274||12-in.||10/13/1914||Humpty Dumpty fox trot||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-24489||10-in.||9/22/1920||I love you Sunday||Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-25154||10-in.||4/12/1921||Baby curls||Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-25155||10-in.||4/13/1921||It must be someone like you||Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-25167||10-in.||4/15/1921||June moon||Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-25707||10-in.||9/30/1921||Tuck me to sleep in my old 'Tucky home||Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-25985||10-in.||1/31/1922||Ten little fingers and ten little toes||Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-25987||10-in.||1/31/1922||Little thoughts||Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-26854||10-in.||8/31/1922||Knice and knifty||Roy Bargy||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||B-26856||10-in.||8/31/1922||Rufenready||Roy Bargy||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||B-30779||10-in.||9/8/1924||Forsaken blues||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-32711||10-in.||5/21/1925||The whole world is dreaming of love||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35520||10-in.||6/1/1926||Kiss your little baby good-night||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36435||10-in.||9/29/1926||Kiss your little baby, good-night!||Charles J. Correll ; Freeman F. Gosden||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37286||10-in.||12/22/1926||Pretty lips||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38124||10-in.||2/28/1927||Pretty lips||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48625||10-in.||11/27/1928||Smiling skies||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57235||10-in.||12/7/1929||Funny, dear, what love can do||Elmo Tanner ; Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1919-11-24-01]||Not documented||11/24/1919||In the land of rice and tea||Imperial Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||[Trial 1919-11-24-02]||Not documented||11/24/1919||Oh||Imperial Trio||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||19243||10-in.||2/17/1911||King of the bungaloos||Gene Greene||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Straight, Charley," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116836.
Straight, Charley. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116836.
"Straight, Charley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.
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