Lee S. Roberts  (1884-1949)
Last updated: 09.06.18
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:
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Honky Tonk Piano" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime unter dem Doppeladler" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "The Whistler and His Dog" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
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.gif
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: Items on hold

Doll House (1912) wvicon.gif
Broken Moon (1920) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
High Ball (1912) wvicon.gif
Drowsy Baby (1920) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Snowball (1912)
Hula Dreams (1923)
Valse Parisienne (1912) wvicon.gif
Oh Harold (1923)
The Falls Caprice (1913) wvicon.gif
Sad Hawaiian Sea (1923) wvicon.gif
Harlequin (1913) wvicon.gif
To One In Paradise (1923) wvicon.gif
Words by: Edgar Allan Poe
Rainbow Isle (1913)
Answer (?)
Mon Plaisir (1914) wvicon.gif
Ave Maria (?) wvicon.gif
The Panama (1914) wvicon.gif
Barcarolle (?)
Aloha Oe (1915)
Charme D'amour (?)
Harriman Cake Walk (1915) wvicon.gif
Chiffonette Dance (?) wvicon.gif
Lights and Shadows (1915) wvicon.gif
Dainty Graces (?)
Summer Nights (1915) wvicon.gif
Every Little Movement (?)
Valse Debonair (1915) wvicon.gif
Good Old Days in Alabam (?)
Hawaiian Nights (1916) wvicon.gif
The Herd Girl's Dream (?)
I Miss You Miss America (1916) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Roberts Words by: L. Wolfe Gilbert
Hesitation (?)
Moon Dreams (1916) wvicon.gif
High Jinks (?)
Sincerity Waltz (1916) wvicon.gif
I Hear You Calling Me (?)
Co-Author: E. Voitier
Ching Chong (1917) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Jaqueline Valse (?)
Smiles (1917) wvicon.gif
Loin Du Bal (?)
Dreamy Hawaiian Moon (1918)
Martha (?)
Italian Nights (1918) wvicon.gif
Mignonette (?)
A Little Birch Canoe and You (1918) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Moon Kiss (?)
Mammy's Lullaby (1918) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Nailo (?)
That Old Fashioned Mother of Mine (1918) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Pansy (?)
You Don't Know (1918) wvicon.gif
Response to Valse Parisienne (?)
After All (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Silently the Roses Fall (?) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Roberts
Hawaiian Nights - Vocal (1919) wvicon.gif
Arr. by Dave Kapian
Sonata Op. 27: No. 2 (?)
Montezuma (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
There's a Time in Each Day (?) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Roberts
Patches (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: J. Will Callahan
Valse Brilliant (?)
Please (1919) wvicon.gif
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youtube15.jpg Smiles (1:54) Ragtime Dorian Henry