Cal. Stark  (1881-1972)
Last updated: 09.06.18
Cal. Stark was the nom-de-plume used by Caroline May Bruggeman Stark. She was born in Alton, Illinois and had sufficient musical training to be employed as a sheet music demonstrator in the Boston Department Store in St. Louis, Missouri where she met her future husband, William P. Stark, the son of the ragtime publisher, John Stark. Her best known composition was undoubtedly They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun' (1912) which she wrote using the Cy Perkins as a pseudonym. The song, lyrics Webb M. Oungst, was used initially as the official campaign song for Missouri's Presidential Candidate, James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark. Subject to many legal proceedings the song was widely used and was adopted by the Second Missouri Infantry as their marching song. It was even proposed as a state song for Missouri. Cal. Stark was eventually acknowledged as the composer of the work after an appeals court decision.
Of ragtime interest is her Comus (1904). She died in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Websites :
url15.gif Cal. Stark Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
Cal. Stark  (1881-1972) has at least 1 item(s) at the Amazons which you can order on-line by clicking the item's order icon.

b003iii6ck_m.jpgThey Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun' Song
Music by Cal. Stark. Words by: Webb M. Oungst.
Publisher: M. Witmark and Sons
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Printed: 1912. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
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Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "It's Ragging Cats and Dogs"
cd15.gif Nora Hulse on "Ragtime Refreshments"
cd15.gif St. Louis Ragtimers on "The St. Louis Ragtimers: Volume 2" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE1303 Baby Blues (1917) - Fox Trot
T+D/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1304 Comus (1904) - A Two-Step Intermezzo
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Baby Blues (1917) T+D/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Comus (1904) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 10 works by Cal. Stark (1881-1972). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.

Dainty Foot (1903) wvicon.gif
Tango Tangle (1914)
Comus (1904) wvicon.gif
as Carrie Bruggeman
Baby Blues (1917) wvicon.gif
The Dream Pillows (1908) wvicon.gif
Words by: Eddie Dustin
Baby Blues - Song (?)
Words by: Margie Brandon
They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun' (1912) amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Words by: Webb M. Oungst
as Cy Perkins
Cootie Stomp (?)
Sunset Waltz (1914)
Slumber Time (?)