Roy Frederick Bargy  (1894-1974)
Last updated: 29.10.19
According to the Internet source given below, Roy Frederick Bargy was an American pianist, composer and arranger of popular music, conductor and music director. He was born in Newaygo, Michigan and raised in Toledo, Ohio where he started at a very early age taking piano lessons. He first worked in Toledo as a pianist in silent film theatres. In 1919, he worked in Chicago for Charlie Straight who employed him to both to write his own novelty and ragtime music, and to edit popular songs of the day for publication by the Imperial Piano Roll Company. In this role Bargy was in competition with Zez Confrey, the star at the QRS Piano Roll Company.
Whilst working for the Imperial Piano Roll Company he became pianist, arranger and musical director of the Benson Orchestra, Chicago in 1921. After some years with his own orchestra, he worked with Paul Whiteman's dance orchestra as pianist and arranger from 1928 until 1940. Until his retirement in 1963 worked with Lanny Ross, Xavier Cugat, Lanny Ross, Gerry Moore and the comedian Jimmy Durante who hired him as his musical director. Bargy remained with Jimmy for the next twenty years.

     Performer CD Title Supplier
Ragtime Music CDs:
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cd15.gif Elliott Adams That Demon Rag flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Matthew Davidson Whippin the Keys flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Lincoln Mayorga Sophisticated Innocence CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Adam Swanson Chestnut St. in the 90s CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Bill Edwards Championship Old-Time Piano IV
cd15.gif Bill Edwards A Ragtime Sampler
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE638 Blue Streak (1921) - Rag Fox-Trot
A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 5½ mins.
1-2 days
DBE639 Rufenreddy (1921) - Syncopation
S/D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 7 mins.
1-2 days
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Blue Streak (1921), A A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Rufenreddy (1921) S/D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 16 works by Roy Frederick Bargy (1894-1974). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Ditto I'll Have the Same 1920
Omeomy 1920 Piano Roll: Imperial 513070
Blue Streak, A 1921 Piano Roll: Imperial 513600 wvicon.gif
Rufenreddy 1921 C.T. Straight  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Slipova 1921 Piano Roll: Imperial 513070 wvicon.gif
Behave Yourself 1922  wvicon.gif
Jim Jams 1922 Piano Roll: Victor 19537 wvicon.gif
Justin-Tyme 1922  wvicon.gif
Knice and Knifty 1922 C.T. Straight Piano Roll: Victor 18969 wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Pianoflage 1922 Piano Roll: Victor 18969 wvicon.gif
Sunshine Capers 1922 Piano Roll: Victor 19320 wvicon.gif
Tee-Pee Blues 1922 Roger Lewis, E. Erdman  wvicon.gif
Sweet and Tender 1923 Piano Roll: Imperial 513980 wvicon.gif
Feeding The Kitty 1924
Get Lucky 1924  wvicon.gif
Trouble In Thirds 1925
     Title Dur Performer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg Knice and Knifty 3:43 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Rufenreddy 4:56 Ragtime Dorian Henry Rufenreddy (1921)