Lee S. Roberts  (1884-1949)
Last updated: 24.06.17
Lee S. [Leland Stanford] Roberts was American pianist and composer/publisher of popular music born in San Francisco. His greatest success was Smiles (1917), lyrics by J. Will Callahan with whom he wrote a number of other songs, which sold over 3.000.000 copies. It is said that Smiles had been rejected by all the principal tin pan alley publishers. He wrote in a number of genres ranging from setting an Edgar Allan Poe poem to music namely To One In Paradise (1923) to various Hawaiian compositions such as Hawaiian Nights (1919). Today he is best known as a pianist who when vice-president of the QRS Music Roll Company recorded hundreds of piano rolls both using his own name as well as using the pseudonym Stanford Robar. He was billed as the world's leading expert in player rolls.

CDs :
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Honky Tonk Piano" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime unter dem Doppeladler" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "The Whistler and His Dog" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
Own Library :
sm15.gif Harriman Cake Walk (1915) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif High Ball (1912) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Smiles (1917) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif

Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE1097 Harriman Cake Walk (1915) - Fox Trot
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
print-on-demand 12.00 10.00 15.50  
DBE1098 High Ball (1912) - Piece Characteristic
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
print-on-demand 12.00 10.00 15.50  
DBE1099 Smiles (1917) - Foxtrot Song
T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
print-on-demand 12.00 10.00 15.50  
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 60 works by Lee S. Roberts (1884-1949). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

Doll House (1912) wvicon.gif
Broken Moon (1920) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
High Ball (1912) wvicon.gif
Drowsy Baby (1920) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Snowball (1912)
Hula Dreams (1923)
Valse Parisienne (1912) wvicon.gif
Oh Harold (1923)
The Falls Caprice (1913) wvicon.gif
Sad Hawaiian Sea (1923) wvicon.gif
Harlequin (1913) wvicon.gif
To One In Paradise (1923) wvicon.gif
Words by: Edgar Allan Poe
Rainbow Isle (1913)
Answer (?)
Mon Plaisir (1914) wvicon.gif
Ave Maria (?) wvicon.gif
Aloha Oe (1915)
Barcarolle (?)
Harriman Cake Walk (1915) wvicon.gif
Charme D'amour (?)
Lights and Shadows (1915) wvicon.gif
Chiffonette Dance (?) wvicon.gif
Summer Nights (1915) wvicon.gif
Dainty Graces (?)
Valse Debonair (1915) wvicon.gif
Every Little Movement (?)
Hawaiian Nights (1916) wvicon.gif
Good Old Days in Alabam (?)
I Miss You Miss America (1916) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Roberts Words by: L. Wolfe Gilbert
The Herd Girl's Dream (?)
Moon Dreams (1916) wvicon.gif
Hesitation (?)
Sincerity Waltz (1916) wvicon.gif
High Jinks (?)
Ching Chong (1917) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
I Hear You Calling Me (?)
Co-Author: E. Voitier
Smiles (1917) wvicon.gif
Jaqueline Valse (?)
Dreamy Hawaiian Moon (1918)
Loin Du Bal (?)
Italian Nights (1918) wvicon.gif
Martha (?)
A Little Birch Canoe and You (1918) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Mignonette (?)
Mammy's Lullaby (1918) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Moon Kiss (?)
That Old Fashioned Mother of Mine (1918) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Nailo (?)
You Don't Know (1918) wvicon.gif
Pansy (?)
After All (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Response to Valse Parisienne (?)
Hawaiian Nights - Vocal (1919) wvicon.gif
Arr. by Dave Kapian
Silently the Roses Fall (?) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Roberts
Montezuma (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Sonata Op. 27: No. 2 (?)
Patches (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
There's a Time in Each Day (?) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Roberts
Please (1919) wvicon.gif
Valse Brilliant (?)