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The pianists and arrangers who recorded and created the music we still enjoy today are often shrouded in mystery. Record-keeping wasn't as regimented as it is today, and as the roll companies went out of business or switched to manufacturing other products, records were often destroyed or lost.

In addition, a host of pseudonyms were used by artists, sometimes to make the company's stable of artists appear larger, sometimes to record popular music or ragtime without being considered "lowbrow", and other times to create a 'personality' around a different style of playing.

The information in these biographical pages comes from a variety of sources. Where known, I provide references. If you have more information on any of these talented artists, or spot any errors or inconsistencies, please email me.
 

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ADDISON, Ralph
ALLISON, Mary
ALPERT, Pauline
ARDEN, Victor
ARNDT, Felix

 

B
BAXTER, Ted
BENEDICT, Worley W.
BERGSTROM, Bonnie

 

 

 

 

C
CARROLL, Adam
CLYDE, Jack
COWAN, Mabelle
CONFREY, "Zez"
COPELAND, Les C.

 

 

 

 

D
DOYLE, "Pep"
DORNBUSH, Rose

 

 

E
EMBROCK, Paul

 

 

F
FRANKLIN, Malvin M.
FUIKS, Lewis J.

 

 

G
GASKILL, Clarence
GERMAIN, Rudy
GERSHWIN, George
GILLHAM, Alfred Robson
GLEN, Irma
GORDON, Chet
GREGORY, Stuart

 

 

H
HAASE, Oscar
HALLAN, Bert
HARTMAN, William ("W.H.")

HENLERE, Herschel
HOWARD, B. G.

 


 

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IVERS, Harold
 

 

 

 

J

JOHNSTON, Bernard

 

 

 

K
KEYES, Lettie
KLEIN, Arthur
KORTLANDER, Max

 

 

L
LUTTER, Howard
LEONHARDI, C. H.

LUTTMAN, Ida

 

 

M
MACK, Ruth
MOORE, Rufe
MURN, Edith

MYERS, Hilda
 

 

 

N
NIERMAN, A. Bernhard

 

 

 

 

O
OHMAN, Phil
ORNSTEIN, Leo
OSBORNE, Fred
OSBORNE, Harry
OSBORNE & HOWE

 

 

 

P
PARDEY, Edith
PARDEY, Laurel
PLOGSTEDT, Miriam Tyler

 

Q

 

 

R
REDDING, Walter
REGNAS, F. W.

 

 

S

SANGER, Florence
SCOTT, Harold
SCHAAF, Edward
SCHONBERG, Chris
SCHORNSTEIN, Leo
SEIDEL, Emil
SHARP, Fred
SHARP, Reg
SHEPPARD, Ed.
SHOEMAKER, Robert
SIMS, Lee
SNODGRASS, Harry M.
SPARROW, Bud

SPENCER, John
STANLEY, George
STEVENS, Ernest L.

STRAIGHT, Charley

 

T
THOMAS, Harry
THOMPSON, L. M.

THOMPSON, Marg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V
VESTRIZZIO, Vita
VANDERHAAK, William

 

 

 

W
WALTON, William

WATTERS, Jeff
WAYNE, Mabel
WENDLING, Pete
WEHMEIER, Hilda
WILLIAMS, Steve

WRIGHT, Emil

 

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ZELNOWSKY, Ladislad