The Dee Family's Joseph Lamb Sheet Music Collection

25 Nov 2012

About this project: I don't think there is an easy way to list the publications of Joe Lamb. Our focus here is his early published works (i.e., those published from about 1905-1919). Lamb wrote quite a lot of music in his lifetime. Besides the early stuff, there's a rare folio from the 1960s (published after his death) as well as a newer collection of previously unpublished rarities that came out around 2005! This page is still very much under construction. If any visitors can help out with photos, we would really appreciate it! For a much more complete roster of Lamb tunes, visit Ted Tjaden's site.

TITLES IN OUR COLLECTION

Lilliputian's Bazaar

1905, H.H. Sparks, Canada

Note that, on some of these early sheets, Lamb's name first is spelled "Josef." Our copy is a bit brittle, but it's a really tough-to-find sheet! Download the music:

The Lost Letter

1908, H.H. Sparks, Canada (same publisher as many of his early publications)

Few Lamb collectors know about this sheet. We believe there are no more than a few copies in existence. Download the music:

Sensation

1908, Stark

This sheet lists Scott Joplin as "arranger," which surely helped sales of the piece.

Champagne Rag

1910, Stark

Here's a variation cover that we don't have -- with the title running vertically:

And here's a really strange "variation" (really, a mistake) crediting James Scott with this rag!

(Thanks to Ryan Wishner for sending this to me.)

American Beauty Rag

1913, Stark

Interesting comparisons... Some earlier sheets of the same name:

American Beauty Two Step by Kathleen Whitlock, 1901:

American Beauty Waltz, by Allen F. Wilson, 1903:

[sorry, bad pic... composer unknown, from 1908]:

Nightingale Rag

1915, Stark

 

Contentment Rag

1915, Stark

 

Topliner Rag

1916, Stark

 

TITLES WE'RE SEEKING:

Celestine Waltzes

1905, H.H. Sparks, Canada

Thanks to Ted Tjaden for the image. View his excellent Lamb site here.

Florentine Waltzes

1906, H.H. Sparks, Canada

Thanks to Ted Tjaden for the info & image. View his excellent Lamb site here.

Gee, Kid! But I Like You

1908, Maurice Shapiro

 

Dear Blue Eyes: True Eyes

1908, H.H. Sparks, Canada

Words by Llyn Wood

If Love is a Dream Let Me Never Awake

1908, H.H. Sparks, Canada

Words by Llyn Wood

Love's Ebb Tide

1908, H.H. Sparks, Canada

Words by Samuel A. White. Thanks to Ted Tjaden for the info & image. View his excellent Lamb site here.

Three Leaves of the Shamrock on the Watermelon Vine

1908, H.H. Sparks, Canada

Words by Harry Moore. Thanks to Ted Tjaden for the info & image. View his excellent Lamb site here.

Love in Absence

1909. Gordon Hurst. Music, NY

Never heard of this tune before but thanks to John Endries for sending the pic my way. The sheet clearly says Poem by Mary A. O'Reilly, Melody by Joseph F. Lamb. I'd be interested in any info on the piece anyone has out there...

Ethiopia Rag

1909. Stark

 

Excelsior Rag

1909, Stark

 

I Want to Be a Birdman

1913, G. Satterlee

Anyone out there have a picture of this?

I'll Follow the Crowd to Coney

1913, G. Satterlee

Anyone out there have a picture of this?

Reindeer Rag

1915, Stark

A rather common Lamb, I know... But somehow we still do not own a copy.

Cleopatra Rag

1915, Stark

See my notes under Reflection Rag on our Scott Joplin page for other pieces with this same cover.

Happy-Go-Lucky

1916, McKinley Music

Anyone out there have a picture of this?

Patricia Rag

1916, Stark

 

Bohemia Rag

1919, Stark

 

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