Max Kortlander  (1890-1961)
Last updated: 01.02.24
p_kortlander.jpgMax Kortlander was an American pianist and composer of popular music born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a significant person at the QRS roll company after staring cutting rolls as a teen-ager alongside many major pianists of the time including Zez Confrey, Lee S. Roberts and Thomas Waller. He used the names Ted Baxter and Jeff Watters as pseudonyms particularly when cutting four hand arrangements. He was made General Manager of the QRS laboratories in New York City just after WW1 and went on to take over the company when it collapsed in 1931 and renamed it The Imperial Industrial Corporation. He ran the corporation successfully until his death.
His song Tell Me (1919), words by J. Will Callahan, was a huge success and its sale to Jerome H. Remick & Co. is said to have been the basis of his fortune.

url15.gif Max Kortlander Biography by "Perfesser" Bill Edwards  
  Title Co-Author(s) Sequencer
audiomidi15.gif Red Clover (1923) James Pitt-Payne
  Title (Release Year) Performers Instruments
audiodbemp315.gif Blue Moon (1918) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
audiodbemp315.gif Red Clover (1923) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. A/T/T/B/GB(B)
     Performer CD Title Supplier
Ragtime Music CDs:
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Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE1290 Blue Moon (1918) - Fox Trot
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1291 Red Clover (1923) - Novelty
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4½ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Blue Moon (1918) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Red Clover (1923) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifPub.
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere (1920) M. Kortlander (music)
L. Weslyn (words)
Piano, Voice IMSLP
pdf15.gif Bygones (1922) M. Kortlander (music)
Harry Alpert (coauth.)
L. Weslyn (words)
Piano, Voice YorkSpace wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Gee, I'll Miss You When You're Gone (1923) M. Kortlander (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Voice YorkSpace wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Hot Tamale Mollie (1920) M. Kortlander (music)
L. Weslyn (words)
Piano, Voice Indiana Pub.
pdf15.gif Hottentot Trot (1924), The M. Kortlander (music)
S. Coslow (words)
Piano, Voice YorkSpace wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Ragtime Sailor Man (1917), The M. Kortlander (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Orchestra IMSLP wvicon.gif

Tell Me (1919) M. Kortlander (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Rubye de Remer (perf.)
Piano, Voice

This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 24 works by Max Kortlander (1890-1961). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Chicken Pranks 1917 Lee S. Roberts (co-author)  wvicon.gif
Ragtime Sailor Man, The 1917 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Blue Moon 1918 Lee S. Roberts (co-author)
Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)
 Pub.  audiodbemp315.gif
Drop Me Down in Dixieland 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Shimmie Shoes 1918  wvicon.gif
Tell Me 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)
Rubye de Remer (perf.)
Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere 1920 Louis Weslyn (words)  wvicon.gif
Blue Clover 1920  Pub.
Funeral Rag 1920  youtube15.jpg
Hot Tamale Mollie 1920 Louis Weslyn (words)  Pub.
Sing Love's Alphabet With Me Bebe-D 1921 Bebe Daniels (perf.)
Bygones 1922 Harry Alpert (co-author)
Louis Weslyn (words)
Hunting the Ball Rag 1922  youtube15.jpg
Deuces Wild 1923  Pub.
Gee, I'll Miss You When You're Gone 1923 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Red Clover 1923 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)  Pub. audiomidi15.gif audiodbemp315.gif
Hottentot Trot, The 1924 Sam Coslow (words)  wvicon.gif
I'm a Good Gal But I'm a Thousand Miles From Home 1924 Spencer Williams (words)  wvicon.gif
Lovers Waltz 1924 Henri De Martini (co-author)
Jack Yellen (words)
Ain't I Got Rosie 1926 Pete Wendling (words)
Willie Raskin (words)
Felix the Cat 1928 Pete Wendling (co-author)
Alfred Bryan (words)
Moonlight Down in Lovers' Lane 1933 George B.Pitman (words)
Bartley Costello (words)
Let's Try It ?
Li'l Joe ?
     Composer Title Performer
youtube15.jpg M. Kortlander Funeral Rag (0:00) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg M. Kortlander Hunting the Ball Rag (0:00) Ragtime Dorian Henry