Charles L. Roberts  (1887-1968)
Last updated: 01.02.24
p_robertscl.jpgAccording to the Internet sources given below,, Charles Luckyth Roberts was an American pianist, composer of popular music and writer of many Broadway shows. He was born in Philadelphia PA; and began his long career in show business as a singer/dancer just five-years old in vaudeville. Nicknamed Luckey (his 2nd name was later spelt Luckeyth), he was of diminutive stature but was said to have had the arms and hands of a much bigger person comparable with his life-long friend, Eubie Blake. He wrote his first Broadway show My People in 1911 and in 1913 he made his mark in the ragtime world with his big hit The Junk Man Rag. His other rags include Pork and Beans (1913) and Music Box Rag (1914). At this time he was considered by his contemporaries to be the best Harlem stride piano player in New York. He was a society orchestra leader, had a radio programme and managed the Harlem Rendezvous Club from 1942-1954.
Websites:
url15.gif Charles Luckyth Roberts Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
url15.gif Luckey Roberts Biography by wikipedia.org.  
  Title (Release Year) Composer Performers Issue
         
cylinder15.gif The Music Box Rag (1915) C.L. Roberts Jaudas' Society Orchestra Edison Blue Amberol: 2604
  Title Co-Author(s) Sequencer
       
audiomidi15.gif Junk Man Rag (1913), The Perf. Bill Edwards
audiomidi15.gif Music Box Rag (1914), The Colin D. McDonald
audiomidi15.gif Palm Beach (1914) Perf. Bill Edwards
audiomidi15.gif Pork and Beans (1913) Perf. Bill Edwards
audiomidi15.gif Spanish Fandango (?) Unknown
  Title (Release Year) Performers Instruments
       
audiodbemp315.gif Junk Man Rag (1913), The Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
audiodbemp315.gif Palm Beach (1914) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
audiodbemp315.gif Pork and Beans (1913) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
audiodbemp315.gif Shy and Sly (1915) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. T/T/T/B/GB(B)
     Performer CD Title Supplier
       
Brass Music CDs:
cd15.gif Avatar Brass Quintet Magnetic Rags: Ragtime for Brass flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Jazz Music CDs:
cd15.gif Jack Teagarden Jack Teagarden - Big T: A Hundred Years from Today flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Black Swan Classic Jazz Band Ragtime Revelry CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Charles L. Roberts Luckey Roberts and Willie The Lion Smith: Harlem Piano Solos flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Gold Collection flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Good Time Jazz Story flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Kings of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Kings of the Ragtime Banjo flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Piano Music In America 1900-1945 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Ragtime 1900-1930 flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif  Various Artists Ragtime to Jazz: Vol. 1 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Ragtime to Jazz: Vol. 2: 1916-1922 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Ragtime, Vol. 1: 1897-1919 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Ragtime/Paganini: 24 Caprices CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Spirit of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra Creole Belles CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling Le Ragtime flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Elite Syncopators American Sampler Rag CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra Echoes from the Snowball Club
cd15.gif Pickles and Peaches Ragtime Orchestra Picnics flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais Old Rags New Rags flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Mimi Blais Taxi! flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra The Whistler and His Dog flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom Heliotrope Bouquet Piano Rags (1900-1970) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Alan Martin Everything is Ragtime Now flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Ton Van Bergeyk Black & Tan Fantasy flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Craig Ventresco The Past Is Yet To Come flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Brown Brothers Rusty Rags CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Kellerized flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Jody Dall'Armi On the Level, You're a Little Devil flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Peter Muir Spontaneous Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Jack Bradshaw Takes Two [Ragtime Piano Duos] flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Frederick Hodges Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Paul Hersh The Great Ragtime Classics flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Adam Swanson Chestnut St. in the 90s CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Bill Edwards The Art of the Rag
cd15.gif Bill Edwards Rapid Fire Ragtime
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE537 The Junk Man Rag (1913)
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE538 Palm Beach (1914) - Fox Trot
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
1-2 days
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DBE539 Pork and Beans (1913) - One Step, Two Step or Turkey Trot
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
1-2 days
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DBE540 Shy and Sly (1915) - Fox Trot
T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
1-2 days
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     Title Instruments Remarks
       
sm15.gif Junk Man Rag (1913), The D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Palm Beach (1914) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifPub.
sm15.gif Pork and Beans (1913) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifPub.
sm15.gif Shy and Sly (1915) T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifPub.
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
pdf15.gif Junk Man Rag (1913), The C.L. Roberts (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Junk Man Rag - Song (1914), The C.L. Roberts (music)
C. Smith (words)
Ferd E. Mierisch Smith (words)
Maurice Walton (perf.)
Florence Walton (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Railroad Blues - Song (1920) C.L. Roberts (music)
Howard Washington (words)
H. Gillespie (words)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Rockaway (1917) C.L. Roberts (music)
Howard Johnson (coauth.)
Alex Rogers (coauth.)
S. Tucker (perf.)
Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 33 works by Charles L. Roberts (1887-1968). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Nothin' 1908
Junk Man Rag, The 1913 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)
Florence Walton (perf.)
Maurice Walton (perf.)
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Pork and Beans 1913 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)  Pub. audiomidi15.gif audiodbemp315.gif
Junk Man Rag - Song, The 1914 Chris Smith (words)
Ferd E. Mierisch Smith (words)
Florence Walton (perf.)
Maurice Walton (perf.)
 Pub.
Music Box Rag, The 1914 Jaudas' Society Orchestra (perf.)  Pub.  cylinder15.gifaudiomidi15.gif
Palm Beach 1914 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)  Pub. audiomidi15.gif audiodbemp315.gif
Bon Ton 1915  wvicon.gif
Helter Skelter 1915  Pub.
Shy and Sly 1915 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)  Pub.  audiodbemp315.gif
Billy Boy 1917 Lester A. Walton (words)  wvicon.gif
Rockaway 1917 Howard Johnson (co-author)
Alex Rogers (co-author)
Sophie Tucker (perf.)
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Any Old Dance Is a Wonderful Dance When You Dance 1920
Jewel of the Big Blue Nile 1920
Railroad Blues 1920 Haven Gillespie (words)
Howard Washington (words)
Roy Bargy (words)
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Railroad Blues - Song 1920 Howard Washington (words)
Haven Gillespie (words)
 Pub.
Rock-A-Bye-Baby Blues 1920  wvicon.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Go-Go Bug 1923 Alex Rogers (words)  wvicon.gif
Leaping Leopards 1923 Alex Rogers (words)  Pub.
Mo'lasses 1923  Pub.
Mo'lasses - Song 1923 Alex Rogers (words)  Pub.
Magnolia 1926 Alex Rogers (words)  wvicon.gif
Spanish Suite 1939 Spanish Venus, Spanish Fandango,
Porto Rico Maid
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Whistlin' Pete 1939  Pub.
Moonlight Cocktail 1941 Kim Gannon (words)  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Massachusetts (w&m) 1942  wvicon.gif
Exclusively With You 1949  wvicon.gif
Park Avenue Polka 1949  Pub.
Complainin' ?
Inner Space ?
Outer Space ?
Ripples of the Nile ?
Spanish Fandango ?  audiomidi15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Spanish Venus ?  wvicon.gif
     Composer Title Performer
       
youtube15.jpg C.L. Roberts Moonlight Cocktail (0:00) Ragtime Dorian Henry