Max Kortlander  (1890-1961)
Last updated: 09.06.18
Max 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.

     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
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sm15.gif Red Clover (1923) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 19 works by Max Kortlander (1890-1961). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

Chicken Pranks (1917) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: L.S. Roberts
Hunting the Ball Rag (1922)
The Ragtime Sailor Man (1917) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Deuces Wild (1923) wvicon.gif
Blue Moon (1918) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: L.S. Roberts
Red Clover (1923) wvicon.gif
Drop Me Down in Dixieland (1918) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Ain't I Got Rosie (1926)
Words by: P. Wendling, Willie Raskin
Shimmie Shoes (1918) wvicon.gif
Felix the Cat (1928) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: P. Wendling Words by: Alfred Bryan
Tell Me (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Moonlight Down in Lovers' Lane (1933) wvicon.gif
Words by: George B.Pitman, Bartley Costello
Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere (1920) wvicon.gif
Words by: Louis Weslyn
Funeral Rag (?)
Blue Clover (1920) wvicon.gif
Let's Try It (?)
Hot Tamale Mollie (1920) wvicon.gif
Words by: Louis Weslyn
Li'l Joe (?)
Bygones (1922) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: Harry Alpert Words by: Louis Weslyn
     Title Performer
youtube15.jpg Blue Moon (2:42) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Chicken Pranks (2:37) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Deuces Wild (2:22) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Red Clover (3:04) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Shimmie Shoes (3:36) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Tell Me (1:45) Ragtime Dorian Henry