Lee S. Roberts  (1884-1949)
Last updated: 24.02.21
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
sm15.gif Harriman Cake Walk (1915) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif High Ball (1912) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Smiles (1917) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 63 works by Lee S. Roberts (1884-1949). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Dainty Graces 1912  wvicon.gif
Doll House 1912  wvicon.gif
High Ball 1912  wvicon.gif
Moon Kiss 1912  wvicon.gif
Pansy 1912  wvicon.gif
Snowball 1912  wvicon.gif
Valse Parisienne 1912  wvicon.gif
Falls Caprice, The 1913  wvicon.gif
Harlequin 1913  wvicon.gif
Rainbow Isle 1913
Mon Plaisir 1914  wvicon.gif
Panama, The 1914  wvicon.gif
Aloha Oe 1915
Chiffonette Dance 1915  wvicon.gif
Good Old Days in Alabam 1915 L Wolfe Gilbert (words)  wvicon.gif
Harriman Cake Walk 1915 Josephine Harriman (sung by)
Billy Reardon (sung by)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
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 (w&m) 1916 L. Wolfe Gilbert (words)  wvicon.gif
Moon Dreams 1916  wvicon.gif
Sincerity Waltz 1916  wvicon.gif
Teddy You're a Bear 1916
Ching Chong 1917 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Smiles 1917  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Dreamy Hawaiian Moon 1918
Italian Nights 1918  wvicon.gif
Little Birch Canoe and You, A 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Lonesome-That's All (w&m) 1918 Ben J. Bradley (co-author)  wvicon.gif
Mammy's Lullaby 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
That Old Fashioned Mother of Mine 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
You Don't Know 1918  wvicon.gif
After All 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)
Marguerite Sylva (sung by)
Hawaiian Nights - Vocal 1919 Arr. by Dave Kapian  wvicon.gif
Montezuma 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Patches 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Please 1919  wvicon.gif
Broken Moon 1920 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Drowsy Baby 1920 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Nailo 1920 J Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Hula Dreams 1923
Oh Harold 1923
Sad Hawaiian Sea 1923  wvicon.gif
To One In Paradise 1923 Edgar Allan Poe (words)  wvicon.gif
Answer ?
Ave Maria ?  wvicon.gif
Barcarolle ?
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Charme D'amour ?
Every Little Movement ?
Herd Girl's Dream, The ?
Hesitation ?
High Jinks ?
I Hear You Calling Me ? E. Voitier (co-author)
Jaqueline Valse ?
Loin Du Bal ?
Martha ?
Mignonette ?
Response to Valse Parisienne ?
Silently the Roses Fall (w&m) ?  wvicon.gif
Sonata Op. 27: No. 2 ?
There's a Time in Each Day (w&m) ?  wvicon.gif
Valse Brilliant ?
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg Harriman Cake Walk 2:39 Ragtime Dorian Henry L.S. Roberts 
youtube15.jpg Smiles 1:54 Ragtime Dorian Henry L.S. Roberts  Smiles (1917)