Irwin Dash 
Last updated: 01.02.24
Irwin Dash is something of an enigma. The scanty information so far revealed by Internet searches ranges from 1911 when he composed and published Blue Ribbon Rag in Philadelphia to 1944 when he wrote, as an English songwriter, I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts as Fred Heatherton in London: In between we have him as a words and music man credited with songs such as It's a Man, It's a Man (1923) and Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (1924) collaborating with Al Dubin, Irving Mills and Jimmie McHugh. In 1927 he accompanied Josephine Trix of the Trix Sisters as she sang Magnolia and Ain't that too bad on a recording. In the 1930's and early WWII years he published several albums of popular songs and dance music as the proprietor of Irwin Dash Music Co., Ltd., 10 Denmark St., London. To summarise, we have a piano player, a composer of just one rag, songwriter and publisher active over 4 decades in the Tin Pan Alleys on two continents. That this was actually one and the same person and not two different Irwin Dashes was confirmed (99%) by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards in a piece of dazzling, lightning research in December 2008. Thanks a lot "Perfessor"!
  Title Co-Author(s) Sequencer
audiomidi15.gif Blue Ribbon Rag (1911) James Pitt-Payne
  Title (Release Year) Performers Instruments
     Performer CD Title Supplier
Ragtime Music CDs:
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Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE773 Blue Ribbon Rag (1911)
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
out-of-print €9.00 £7.50 $11.75  
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Blue Ribbon Rag (1911) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 8 works by Irwin Dash. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Blue Ribbon Rag 1911 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif audiodbemp315.gif
Immigration Rose 1923
Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo 1924 Al Dubin (co-author)
Jimmy McHug (co-author)
Irving Mills (co-author)
My Kid 1924
What Has Become of Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo 1924
I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts 1944 as Fred Heatherton
Dreams of Yesterday: Hutch 1945 as Fred Heatherton
You Can't Blame Your Uncle Sammy ?
     Composer Title Performer
youtube15.jpg I. Dash Blue Ribbon Rag (2:43) Ragtime Dorian Henry