Charles H. Hunter  (1876-1906)
Last updated: 24.06.17
According to the Internet source given below, Charles H. Hunter was a blind white American pioneer ragtime pianist and composer. Born almost totally blind in Columbia, Tennessee, he trained as a piano tuner at the Nashville School for the Blind and then worked at Jesse French Piano Company, also in Nashville, in that trade. Being a self-taught pianist he readily assimilated the Nashville simple country folk music into his compositions without any "classical" graces and ornamentation. His employers sent him to St Louis in 1902 where, very much like Louis Chauvin, he lead a dissolute life ultimately quitting his job to spend all his time in a life of wine, woman and ragtime. Only just before his untimely death did he attempt to reform himself and married late in 1905. Just six weeks later he died of tuberculosis shortly before his 30th birthday. His last work was the hopelessly optimistic "Back to Life" which was acquired surprisingly by the New York publisher, Charles K. Harris.

Websites :
url15.gif Charles H. Hunter Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
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Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Jack Bradshaw on "Takes Two [Ragtime Piano Duos]" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "The Rag's the Thing"
cd15.gif Richard Egan on "From the Land of Ragtime"
cd15.gif Evergreen Ragtime Trio on "It's a Rouser" flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Frederick Hodges on "Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Jenks/Grinstead on "Ragtime Bigtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Rag Time Sue" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Piano Music In America 1900-1945" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Pianola Ragtime: Early Piano Jazz and Ragtime Played on Pianola Rolls: Vol. 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra on "Creole Belles" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra on "Echoes from the Snowball Club"
cd15.gif Miguel Pineda-Van Gelder on "A Ragtime Feast: Forgotten Rags" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Pickles and Peaches Ragtime Orchestra on "Picnics" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Ralph Press on "The Great American Ragtime Revival/with Sound Effects" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif John Roache on "Syncopated Odyssey"
cd15.gif David Thomas Roberts on "Folk Ragtime 1899-1914" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor on "The Tichenor Family Trio"
cd15.gif Jon Weaver on "Those Long Gone Dog Gone Nashville Rags" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
Brass Music CDs:
cd15.gif Eastern Brass Quintet on "Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE691 Back to Life (1905) - Rag Time March & Two Step
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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DBE691C Back to Life (1905) - Rag Time March & Two Step
A/T/B, approx. 3 mins.
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DBE692 Cotton Bolls (1901) - Two Step
A/T/T+S/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
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DBE693 Just Ask Me (1902) - A Ragtime Two Step
A(T)/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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DBE694 Possum and Taters (1900) - A Ragtime Feast
T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
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DBE694C Possum and Taters (1900) - A Ragtime Feast
T/T/B, approx. 3½ mins.
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DBE695 Queen of Love (1901) - Two Step
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4¾ mins.
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 DBE697 A Tennessee Tantalizer (1900) - A Ragtime Tickler
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
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DBE698 Tickled to Death (1899) - Rag Time March and Two Step
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
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DBE699 Why We Smile (1903)
A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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sm15.gif Back to Life (1905) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Back to Life (1905) A/T/B dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Cotton Bolls (1901) A/T/T+S/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Just Ask Me (1902) A(T)/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Possum and Taters (1900) T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Possum and Taters (1900) T/T/B dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Queen of Love (1901) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif A Tennessee Tantalizer (1900) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Tickled to Death (1899) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Why We Smile (1903) A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 9 works by Charles H. Hunter (1876-1906). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.

Tickled to Death (1899) wvicon.gif
Just Ask Me (1902) wvicon.gif
Possum and Taters (1900) wvicon.gif
Why We Smile (1903) wvicon.gif
A Tennessee Tantalizer (1900) wvicon.gif
Back to Life (1905) wvicon.gif
Cotton Bolls (1901) wvicon.gif
Seraphine Waltzes (1905) wvicon.gif
Queen of Love (1901) wvicon.gif