Charles Luckyth Roberts  (1887-1968)
Last updated: 24.06.17
Charles Luckyth Roberts was an American pianist, composer of popular music and writer of many Broadway shows. He was born in Philadelphia PA; and began his long career in show business as a singer/dancer just five-years old in vaudeville. Nicknamed Luckey (his 2nd name was later spelt Luckeyth), he was of diminutive stature but was said to have had the arms and hands of a much bigger person comparable with his life-long friend, Eubie Blake. He wrote his first Broadway show My People in 1911 and in 1913 he made his mark in the ragtime world with his big hit The Junk Man Rag. His other rags include Pork and Beans (1913) and Music Box Rag (1914). At this time he was considered by his contemporaries to be the best Harlem stride piano player in New York. He was a society orchestra leader, had a radio programme and managed the Harlem Rendezvous Club from 1942-1954.


Websites :
url15.gif Charles Luckyth Roberts Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  

Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD
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Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Six Brown Brothers on "Rusty Rags" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Ton Van Bergeyk on "Black & Tan Fantasy" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Black Swan Classic Jazz Band on "Ragtime Revelry" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Old Rags New Rags" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Taxi!" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom on "Heliotrope Bouquet Piano Rags (1900-1970)" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Le Ragtime" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Jack Bradshaw on "Takes Two [Ragtime Piano Duos]" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Jody Dall'Armi on "On the Level, You're a Little Devil--Songs of Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "The Art of the Rag"
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "Rapid Fire Ragtime"
cd15.gif Elite Syncopators on "American Sampler Rag" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Paul Hersh on "The Great Ragtime Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Frederick Hodges on "Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Kellerized" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Alan Martin on "Everything is Ragtime Now" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Gold Collection" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Good Time Jazz Story" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Kings of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Kings of the Ragtime Banjo" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.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 "Ragtime 1900-1930" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime to Jazz: Vol. 1" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime to Jazz: Vol. 2: 1916-1922" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime, Vol. 1: 1897-1919" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime/Paganini: 24 Caprices" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Spirit of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Peter Muir on "Spontaneous Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15de.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 Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "The Whistler and His Dog" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Pickles and Peaches Ragtime Orchestra on "Picnics" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Charles Luckyth Roberts on "Luckey Roberts and Willie The Lion Smith: Harlem Piano Solos" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Adam Swanson on "Chestnut St. in the 90s" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Craig Ventresco on "The Past Is Yet To Come" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
Brass Music CDs:
cd15.gif Avatar Brass Quintet on "Magnetic Rags: Ragtime for Brass" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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DBE537 The Junk Man Rag (1913)
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
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DBE538 Palm Beach (1914) - Fox Trot
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
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DBE539 Pork and Beans (1913) - One Step, Two Step or Turkey Trot
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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DBE540 Shy and Sly (1915) - Fox Trot
T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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     Title Instruments Remarks
       
sm15.gif The Junk Man Rag (1913) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Palm Beach (1914) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Pork and Beans (1913) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Shy and Sly (1915) T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 32 works by Charles Luckyth Roberts (1887-1968). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

Nothin' (1908)
Go-Go Bug (1923) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
The Junk Man Rag (1913) wvicon.gif
Leaping Leopards (1923) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Pork and Beans (1913) wvicon.gif
Mo'lasses (1923) wvicon.gif
The Junk Man Rag - Song (1914) wvicon.gif
Words by: Chris Smith, Ferd E. Mierisch Smith
Mo'lasses - Song (1923) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Music Box Rag (1914) wvicon.gif
Magnolia (1926) wvicon.gif
Words by: Alex Rogers
Palm Beach (1914) wvicon.gif
Spanish Suite (1939) wvicon.gif
Spanish Venus, Spanish Fandango,
Porto Rico Maid

Bon Ton One Step (1915) wvicon.gif
Whistlin' Pete (1939) wvicon.gif
Helter Skelter (1915) wvicon.gif
Moonlight Cocktail (1941) wvicon.gif
Words by: Kim Gannon
Shy and Sly (1915) wvicon.gif
Massachusetts (1942) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Roberts
Billy Boy (1917) wvicon.gif
Words by: Lester A. Walton
Exclusively With You (1949) wvicon.gif
Rockaway (1917) wvicon.gif
Co-Authors: Howard Johnson, Alex Rogers
Park Avenue Polka (1949) wvicon.gif
Any Old Dance Is a Wonderful Dance When You Dance (1920)
Complainin' (?)
Jewel of the Big Blue Nile (1920)
Inner Space (?)
Railroad Blues (1920) wvicon.gif
Outer Space (?)
Railroad Blues - Song (1920)
Ripples of the Nile (?)
Rock-A-Bye-Baby Blues (1920) wvicon.gif
Spanish Venus (?) wvicon.gif