Elmer Olson 
Last updated: 07.08.18
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.

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.gifmp315.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. Key: Items on hold

Red Raven (1910) wvicon.gif
Syncopated Echoes (1920) wvicon.gif
Shock Rag (1911) wvicon.gif
Kharmine (1921) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Olson Co-Authors: Moe Thompson, Daniel O'Niel
Spatter Rag (1912) wvicon.gif
Somebody Knows and Somebody Cares (1921) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Olson Co-Authors: Vernon Stevens, Blossom Seeley
Rag De Luxe (1913) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: S. Cowles
Say It With Diamonds (1922) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Olson
Gypsy Rose (1917) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Olson
Funny Tune (1927) wvicon.gif
Syncopated Echoes revised
Town Talk (1917) wvicon.gif
     Title Performer Score
youtube15.jpg Funny Tune (2:12) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Rag De Luxe (3:06) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Syncopated Echoes (2:22) Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Town Talk (2:11) Ragtime Dorian Henry sm15.gif