Peter M. Heaton 
Last updated: 01.02.24
Peter M. Heaton is another of those one-off ragtime composers of whom precious little is known. The cover of his only known published work, Rose Wood Rag (1909), provides a lead to possible further biographical information however, in that it graced by a photo of a certain Josephine Jacoby holding a violin. Now the Metropolitan Opera singer Josephine Jacoby (1875-1948) is well-known and Internet searches turn a number of postcard pictures an wax cylinders of her recordings. Not being a forensic expert it is not possible to identify with absolute certainty that the Josephine Jacoby on the cover of the sheet music is actually the famous opera singer. An intriguing titbit found on the Internet is an entry in the 1915 city directory for Mission Street, Bernal Heights, San Francisco, California which lists a Peter M. Heaton, musician living with wife Josephine an No. 3551. Another tantalising titbit is that Peter M. Heaton also wrote the music for the song They've Stopped Doing It Now (1912), lyrics by F.R. Jacoby and Chas. A. Meyers. Two obvious questions. Was the composer married to the opera singer and what kind of musician was the composer? Who knows?

  Title Co-Author(s) Sequencer
audiomidi15.gif Rose Wood Rag (1909) James Pitt-Payne
  Title (Release Year) Performers Instruments
audiodbemp315.gif Rose Wood Rag (1909) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. A/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
     Performer CD Title Supplier
Ragtime Music CDs:
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Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE1307 Rose Wood Rag (1909) - March & Two Step
A/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
     Title Instruments Remarks
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     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Rose Wood Rag (1909) P.M. Heaton (music)
Josephine Jacoby (perf.)
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 2 works by Peter M. Heaton. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Rose Wood Rag 1909 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)
Josephine Jacoby (perf.)
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They've Stopped Doin' It Now 1912 F. R. Jacoby (words)
Charles A. Meyers (words)