He was a prolific ragtime composer born in Mexico, New York. He studied at the School of Harmony
and Composition at Syracuse
University and during
that time his first music was published. He moved to New York City and wrote music for Tin Pan
Alley and he also entered into journalism when from 1917 he had his own
column in the magazine The Tuneful
Yankee which would later become Melody. He often worked in collaboration
with lyricists such as Jack Yellen on songs such as "Bring Me Back My
Lovin' Honey Boy". He is best known for "The
Russian Rag" which was based on Rachmaninov's
"Prelude in C Sharp Minor", "Are You From Dixie?"
and "Alabama Jubilee".
After a notable absence of over ten years he wrote his last piece, "Uncle
Sam Goes to Town (Mow 'em Down, Mow 'em Down, Mow 'em Down,
Mow 'em Down)" in 1942. He died on Christmas Day that same
year aged 56.
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra recordings
Bring Me Back
My Lovin' Honey Boy (George Linus Cobb/Jack Yellen)
Newport Classic NC 60069
Conductor - Rick Benjamin