Joseph F. Lamb  (1887-1960)
Last updated: 29.10.19
Joseph [Joe] Lamb was an American ragtime composer born of Irish Catholic parents in Montclair, New Jersey. He was taught music very young first by his father, a carpenter, and then by his elder sisters. His father died when he was thirteen and he went to St. Jerome's College in Ontario to be trained in engineering. His greatest interest however was music and wrote compositions which were published in Toronto in the early 1900's. He eventually moved to New York to work for a publisher during which time he met his idol, Scott Joplin quite by chance. During their first meeting, Joplin invited Lamb to perform his rag Sensation at a private gathering the very same evening. As a result Joplin put Lamb in contact with his publisher, John Stark who from then on published nearly all of Lamb's work.
In 1911 he married and moved to Brooklyn where he made arrangements, ran a ragtime orchestra and wrote his best ragtime compositions. In 1914 he started work in a financial organisation and his music became his hobby. He vanished from the musical scene to re-emerge briefly in the late 1950s after the book They All Played Ragtime was published. On his retirement in 1957 he started reworking his rags written after the 1910's and they were posthumously published in 1964.

url15.gif Joseph F. Lamb Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE070 American Beauty (1913) - A Rag of Class
D+T/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¾ mins.
1-2 days
DBE071 Bohemia (1919) - Rag
T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
1-2 days
DBE072 Champagne Rag (1910)
A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
1-2 days
DBE073 Cleopatra Rag (1915)
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
1-2 days
DBE141 Contentment (1915) - A Rag
A/A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
1-2 days
DBE074 Ethiopia Rag (1909)
A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 3¾ mins.
1-2 days
DBE075 Excelsior Rag (1909)
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¾ mins
1-2 days
 DBE076 Patricia Rag (1916)
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
out-of-print €15.00 £12.50 $19.50  
DBE077 Ragtime Nightingale (1915)
A+S/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
out-of-print €15.00 £12.50 $19.50  
DBE078 Reindeer Rag (1915) - Rag Time Two-Step
T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
out-of-print €15.00 £12.50 $19.50  
DBE078C Reindeer Rag (1915) - Rag Time Two-Step
T/T/B, approx. 3¼ mins.
1-2 days
DBE038 Sensation (1908) - A Rag
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx 2¾ mins.
1-2 days
DBE079 Top Liner (1916) - Rag
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
1-2 days
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif American Beauty (1913) D+T/A/T/T/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Bohemia (1919) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Champagne Rag (1910) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Cleopatra Rag (1915) A/T/T/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Contentment (1915) A/A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Ethiopia Rag (1909) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Excelsior Rag (1909) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Patricia Rag (1916) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Ragtime Nightingale (1915) A+S/A/T/T/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Reindeer Rag (1915) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Reindeer Rag (1915) T/T/B dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Sensation (1908) A/T/T/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Top Liner (1916) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) pdf15.gifdbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
     Title Instruments Remarks
pdf15.gif American Beauty (1913) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Bohemia (1919) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Champagne Rag (1910) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Cleopatra Rag (1915) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Contentment Rag (1915) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Ethiopia Rag (1909) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Excelsior Rag (1915) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Patricia Rag (1916) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Ragtime Nightingale (1915) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Reindeer Rag (1915) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Sensation (1908) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Top Liner (1916) Piano sm15.gifwvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 93 works by Joseph F. Lamb (1887-1960). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Mignonne-Valse Lente 1901 - unverified
Golden Leaves-Waltzes 1903 - unverified
Le Premier-March 1903 - unverified
Walper House Rag 1903c - Unpublished
Lorne Scots on Parade 1904 - unverified
My Queen of Zanzibar 1904 - unverified
Celestine Waltzes 1905  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Florida 1905 - unverified
Lilliputian's Bazaar, The 1905  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Muskoka Falls-Indian Idyll 1905 - unverified
Ragged Rapids Rag 1905c - Unpublished
Florentine Waltz 1906  wvicon.gif
Red Feather-March 1906 - unverified
Sourdough March 1906 - unverified
Dynamite Rag 1907 Joe Lamb's Old Rag - Unpublished
Lost Letter, The 1907 Margret Anga Cawthorpe  wvicon.gif
Symphonic Syncopations 1907 c.
Dear Blue Eyes 1908  wvicon.gif
Engineer's Last Good Bye, The 1908 as Harry Moore wvicon.gif
Gee, Kid! But I Like You 1908
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
If Love Is a Dream Let Me Never Awake 1908  wvicon.gif
Joe Lamb's Medley Overture No. 1 1908
Love's Ebb Tide 1908  wvicon.gif
Sensation 1908  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
She Doesn't Flirt 1908 as Harry Moore wvicon.gif
Sunset 1908 A Ragtime Serenade
Three Leaves of Shamrock on the Watermelon Vine 1908  wvicon.gif
Greased Lightning Rag 1908c Unpublished
Hyacinth 1908c Unpublished
Jersey Rag, The 1908c Unpublished
Joe Lamb's Old Rag 1908c
Ragtime Special, The 1908c - Unpublished
Rapid Transit Rag 1908c - Unpublished
Ethiopia Rag 1909  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
Excelsior Rag 1909  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Homestead Where the Suwanee River Flows, The 1909  wvicon.gif
Love in Absence 1909
Champagne Rag 1910  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
I Love You Just the Same 1910  wvicon.gif
My Fairy Iceberg Queen 1910  wvicon.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Spanish Fly Rag 1912 Unpublished
American Beauty 1913  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
I Want to Be a Birdman 1913 Mrs. G. Satterlee
I'll Follow the Crowd to Coney 1913 Mrs. G. Satterlee
Ladies' Aid Song, The 1913 as Harry Moore wvicon.gif
Cleopatra Rag 1915  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
Contentment 1915  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Ragtime Nightingale 1915  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
Reindeer Rag 1915  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
Patricia Rag 1916  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
Top Liner 1916  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
Bohemia 1919  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg
Purple Moon 1930
So Here We Are 1930
Scott Joplin's Dream 1950c - Unpublished arr. Eubie Blake
Brown Derby No. 2 1959 - unverified
Ragtime Reverie 1959
Since You Took Your Heart Away 1960
Ilo-Ilo 1961
22nd Regiment March 1962
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Arctic Sunset 1964 - posth. Amelia L. Lamb  wvicon.gif
Bird-Brain Rag 1964 - posth. wvicon.gif
Blue Grass Rag 1964 - posth. wvicon.gif
Alaskan Rag, The 1966 - unverified wvicon.gif
Alabama Rag 1968 posth. Amelia L. Lamb  wvicon.gif
Chimes of Dixie 1968 posth. Amelia L. Lamb;
Cottontail Rag 1968 - posth. wvicon.gif
Firefly Rag 1968 - posth. wvicon.gif
Good and Plenty Rag 1968 - posth. wvicon.gif
Hot Cinders 1968 - posth. wvicon.gif
Old Home Rag, The 1968 - posth. completed at least in 1908. wvicon.gif
Ragtime Bobolink 1968 - posth. wvicon.gif
Thoroughbred Rag 1968 - posth. wvicon.gif
Toad Stool Rag 1968 - posth. wvicon.gif
All Wet ?
Apple Sauce ?
Banana Oil ?
Bee-Hive, The ? Unpublished: c.1908-1914
Berries, The ?
Chasin' the Chippies ? Unpublished: c.1914
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Chime In ?
Crimson Ramblers ?
Doin' the Lonesome Slow Drag ?
Don't You Be Lonely ?
I Should Have Known ?
I'd Like You to Love Me ?
I'm Going to Go Somewhere ?
Knick Knacks ?
Ripples ?
Shooting the Works ?
Soup and Fish ?
Sweet Pickles ?
Waffles ?
     Title Dur Performer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg American Beauty 3:36 Ragtime Dorian Henry American Beauty (1913)
youtube15.jpg Bohemia 3:26 Ragtime Dorian Henry Bohemia (1919)
youtube15.jpg Bohemia Rag 2:49 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Celestine Waltzes 4:39 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Champagne Rag 4:09 Ragtime Dorian Henry Champagne Rag (1910)
youtube15.jpg Cleopatra Rag 2:59 Ragtime Dorian Henry Cleopatra Rag (1915)
youtube15.jpg Contentment 3:06 Ragtime Dorian Henry Contentment (1915)
youtube15.jpg Ethiopia Rag 3:18 Ragtime Dorian Henry Ethiopia Rag (1909)
youtube15.jpg Excelsior Rag 3:15 Ragtime Dorian Henry Excelsior Rag (1909)
youtube15.jpg  The Lilliputian's Bazaar 2:33 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Patricia Rag 3:27 Ragtime Dorian Henry Patricia Rag (1916)
youtube15.jpg Ragtime Nightingale 3:13 Ragtime Dorian Henry Ragtime Nightingale (1915)
youtube15.jpg Reindeer Rag 3:08 Ragtime Dorian Henry Reindeer Rag (1915)
youtube15.jpg Sensation 2:38 Ragtime Dorian Henry Sensation (1908)
youtube15.jpg Top Liner 3:29 Ragtime Dorian Henry Top Liner (1916)
youtube15.jpg Ragtime Nightingale 3:32 Max Morath Ragtime Nightingale (1915)