Robert Morrison Stults  (1861-1933)
Last updated: 25.02.21
When transcribing the two cakewalks Smoky Sam (1898) and Walkin' on de Rainbow Road (1899) , both published by M.D. Swisher, Philadelphia, for recorder ensemble back in 2006, I took the publisher's blurb at its face value. On the front cover of the latter, the publisher proclaims S. M. Roberts to be "the man that perpetrated Smoky Sam and a few other feet wrigglers.". As a result I believed S. M. Roberts to be yet another obscure ragtime era composer of whom nothing was known.
While researching Stults in March, 2015, however, I found that he used S. M. Roberts as a pseudonym for his three ragtime compositions the third piece being A Moonlight Meander (1900).
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Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE603 Smoky Sam (1898) - Characteristic Two Step
A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
1-2 days
DBE604 Walkin' on de Rainbow Road (1899) - Cake Walk and Two Step
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
1-2 days
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Smoky Sam (1898) A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Walkin' on de Rainbow Road (1899) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 30 works by Robert Morrison Stults (1861-1933). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Battle Monument 1875  wvicon.gif
Academic March 1885  wvicon.gif
Hollywood Waltzes 1885  wvicon.gif
Love's Sweet Story 1891  wvicon.gif
Sweetest Story Ever Told, The (w&m) 1892  wvicon.gif
Birds and the Brook, The 1893  wvicon.gif
Yes, I Love You 1893  wvicon.gif
Our Orioles 1894  wvicon.gif
My Little Yaller Coon, Good Night 1896  wvicon.gif
Because You Told Me So 1897  wvicon.gif
M.A.C. 1897  wvicon.gif
Papa's Lullaby 1897  wvicon.gif
Avenge the Good Ship Maine 1898 J. Aldrich Libbey (sung by)  wvicon.gif
Old Sentinel March, The 1898  wvicon.gif
Smoky Sam 1898 as S.M. Roberts  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Walkin' on de Rainbow Road 1899 as S.M. Roberts  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Midnight Meander, A 1900 as S.M. Roberts  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Breathe Those Tender Words Again 1901  wvicon.gif
Bulls and Bears 1901  wvicon.gif
I Wonder if You Ever Think of Me 1901  wvicon.gif
If Dreams Were Only True 1902  wvicon.gif
Redemption (w&m) 1902  wvicon.gif
Again 1904 Edwin M Abbott (words)  wvicon.gif
Way Down South in Dixie 1908  wvicon.gif
When the Twilight Softly Falls 1908  wvicon.gif
For Love's Sweet Sake 1910  wvicon.gif
Bird's Ball, The 1911
Sing Me an Old Sweet Song of Love (w&m) 1911  wvicon.gif
Revel of the Brownies ?
Song For My Little Maid ?
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg The Birds and the Brook 2:39 Ragtime Dorian Henry R.M. Stults 
youtube15.jpg A Midnight Meander 2:57 Ragtime Dorian Henry R.M. Stults 
youtube15.jpg Smoky Sam 3:02 Ragtime Dorian Henry R.M. Stults 
youtube15.jpg Walkin on De Rainbow Road 3:10 Ragtime Dorian Henry R.M. Stults