Lee S. Roberts  (1884-1949)
Last updated: 24.11.18
Lee S. [Leland Stanford] Roberts was American pianist and composer/publisher of popular music born in San Francisco. His greatest success was Smiles (1917), lyrics by J. Will Callahan with whom he wrote a number of other songs, which sold over 3.000.000 copies. It is said that Smiles had been rejected by all the principal tin pan alley publishers. He wrote in a number of genres ranging from setting an Edgar Allan Poe poem to music namely To One In Paradise (1923) to various Hawaiian compositions such as Hawaiian Nights (1919). Today he is best known as a pianist who when vice-president of the QRS Music Roll Company recorded hundreds of piano rolls both using his own name as well as using the pseudonym Stanford Robar. He was billed as the world's leading expert in player rolls.

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Ragtime Music CDs:
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Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE1097 Harriman Cake Walk (1915) - Fox Trot
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1098 High Ball (1912) - Piece Characteristic
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1099 Smiles (1917) - Foxtrot Song
T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
     Title Instruments Remarks
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sm15.gif High Ball (1912) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Smiles (1917) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 61 works by Lee S. Roberts (1884-1949). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Electronic Resource Items
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Doll House 1912  wvicon.gif
High Ball (1912) 1912  wvicon.gif
Snowball 1912  wvicon.gif
Valse Parisienne 1912  wvicon.gif
The Falls Caprice 1913  wvicon.gif
Harlequin 1913  wvicon.gif
Rainbow Isle 1913
Mon Plaisir 1914  wvicon.gif
The Panama 1914  wvicon.gif
Aloha Oe 1915
Harriman Cake Walk (1915) 1915  wvicon.gif
Lights and Shadows 1915  wvicon.gif
Summer Nights 1915  wvicon.gif
Valse Debonair 1915  wvicon.gif
Hawaiian Nights 1916  wvicon.gif
I Miss You Miss America 1916 Words & Music by Roberts L. Wolfe Gilbert  wvicon.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Moon Dreams 1916  wvicon.gif
Sincerity Waltz 1916  wvicon.gif
Ching Chong 1917 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
Smiles (1917) 1917  wvicon.gif
Dreamy Hawaiian Moon 1918
Italian Nights 1918  wvicon.gif
A Little Birch Canoe and You 1918 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
Mammy's Lullaby 1918 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
That Old Fashioned Mother of Mine 1918 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
You Don't Know 1918  wvicon.gif
After All 1919 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
Hawaiian Nights - Vocal 1919 Arr. by Dave Kapian wvicon.gif
Montezuma 1919 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
Patches 1919 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
Please 1919  wvicon.gif
Broken Moon 1920 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Drowsy Baby 1920 J. Will Callahan  wvicon.gif
Hula Dreams 1923
Oh Harold 1923
Sad Hawaiian Sea 1923  wvicon.gif
To One In Paradise 1923 Edgar Allan Poe  wvicon.gif
Answer ?
Ave Maria ?  wvicon.gif
Barcarolle ?
Charme D'amour ?
Chiffonette Dance ?  wvicon.gif
Dainty Graces ?
Every Little Movement ?
Good Old Days in Alabam ?
The Herd Girl's Dream ?
Hesitation ?
High Jinks ?
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
I Hear You Calling Me ? E. Voitier
Jaqueline Valse ?
Loin Du Bal ?
Martha ?
Mignonette ?
Moon Kiss ?
Nailo ?
Pansy ?
Response to Valse Parisienne ?
Silently the Roses Fall ? Words & Music by Roberts  wvicon.gif
Sonata Op. 27: No. 2 ?
There's a Time in Each Day ? Words & Music by Roberts  wvicon.gif
Valse Brilliant ?
     Title Dur Composer Performer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg Smiles 1:54 L.S. Roberts  Ragtime Dorian Henry Smiles (1917)