Clifford Adams 
Last updated: 19.01.22
Virtually nothing is known about Clifford Adams other than those bare facts which can be gleaned from the cover of the original sheet music. That is to say that his Ink Splotch Rag was published by A Hospe Co. in Omaha, Nebraska (so perhaps suggesting his Midwestern origins) and that Adams dedicated this piece to his friend C.F. Huffman. This in turn implies that Clifford Adams is a real name and not a pseudonym, an oft used device in the ragtime era. He also gets a mention in Jasen & Jones That American Rag as being a co-composer together with a certain Harry G. Robinson of Hanky Pank (1914).
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  Title Instruments Attribution
  DBE MP3 Sample   
audiodbemp315.gif Ink Splotch Rag (1909) S+B/D/A/T/T+D/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. (perf.)
  Midi File(s)   
audiomidi15.gif Alpine Blues (1920) Midi James Pitt-Payne
audiomidi15.gif Ink Splotch Rag (1909) Midi Sakae Watanabe
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE216 Ink Splotch Rag (1909) - A Rag Time Splash
S+B/D/A/T/T+D/T/B/GB(B), approx 2¾ mins.
1-2 days
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Ink Splotch Rag (1909) S+B/D/A/T/T+D/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Hanky Pank (1914) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Ink Splotch Rag (1909) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 3 works by Clifford Adams. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Ink Splotch Rag 1909  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Hanky Pank 1914  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif
Alpine Blues 1920 Bob Albright (words)  wvicon.gif audiomidi15.gif
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg Ink Splotch Rag 2:17 Ragtime Dorian Henry C. Adams  Ink Splotch Rag (1909)