Elmer Olson 
Last updated: 27.04.22
Little is known about Elmer Olson other than he was the composer of a handful of rags and a few songs between 1911 and 1922 for various publishers. He is perhaps best known in the ragtime world for his sophisticated rag Town Talk (1917). Of his songs Say it with Diamonds (1922) is an interesting example of a Tin Pan Alley foray into the blatant advertising world. Billed as "A Song That Sells Diamonds", it was written specifically for jewellers who exclusively advertised their wares on the sheet music back cover.

  Title Instruments Performers
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Town Talk (1917) S+D+T/D/A/T/T+B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Shock Rag (1911) Midi James Pitt-Payne
audiomidi15.gif Syncopated Echoes (1920) Midi James Pitt-Payne
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE570 Town Talk (1917) - A Classic in Rag Time
S+D+T/D/A/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
1-2 days
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Town Talk (1917) S+D+T/D/A/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 11 works by Elmer Olson. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Red Raven 1910  wvicon.gif
Shock Rag 1911  wvicon.gif audiomidi15.gif
Spatter Rag 1912  Pub.
Rag De Luxe 1913 Scott Cowles (words)  wvicon.gif
Gypsy Rose (w&m) 1917  wvicon.gif
Town Talk 1917  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Syncopated Echoes 1920  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Kharmine (w&m) 1921 Moe Thompson (co-author)
Daniel O'Niel (co-author)
Somebody Knows and Somebody Cares 1921 Vernon Stevens (words)
Blossom Seeley (words)
Say It With Diamonds (w&m) 1922  wvicon.gif
Funny Tune 1927  Pub. youtube15.jpg
     Title Duration Performer
youtube15.jpg Funny Tune 2:12 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Syncopated Echoes 2:22 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Town Talk 2:12 Ragtime Dorian Henry