Paul Charles Pratt  (1890-1948)
Last updated: 22.10.21
Paul Charles Pratt was an American composer, arranger and songwriter of popular music born in Indianapolis. After some music education and still in his teens, he was befriended with Cecil Duane Crabb and May Aufderheide for whom he arranged her Dusty (1908). This impressed May's father to such an extent that he set up the music publishing house of J. H. Aufderheide, Indianapolis, Indiana in which Pratt was eventually made manager of its Chicago operations. He wrote a number of rags, the earliest of which were also published by J. H. Aufderheide. On moving to New York, he collaborated with another Indianapolis friend, one J. Will Callahan to write a number of songs one of their earliest being That Gosh Darn Hiram Tune (1912). In New York he went on to work as an arranger for a number of theatre orchestras. In the 1930's he changes his profession to that of photographer which he continued until his death in Indianapolis. Of his rags Colonial Glide (1914) and Hot-House Rag (1914) have been recorded by Max Morath and Trebor Jay Tichenor respectively.


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Jazz Music CDs:
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DBE574 Colonial Glide (1914)
D/A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
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DBE575 Hot-House Rag (1914)
S/D/A+D/T+D/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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DBE576 Spring-Time Rag (1916)
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
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DBE577 Teasing Rag (1912)
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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DBE578 Vanity (1909) - Rag Two-Step
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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sm15.gif Hot-House Rag (1914) S/D/A+D/T+D/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Spring-Time Rag (1916) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Teasing Rag (1912) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Vanity Rag (1909) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
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pdf15.gif On the Rural Route (1917) Piano
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 29 works by Paul Charles Pratt (1890-1948). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Vanity Rag 1909  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Walhalla 1910  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Moontime Is Spoontime (w&m) 1911  wvicon.gif
That Ever Lovin' Bearcat Prance (w&m) 1911 Etam Wood (perf. by)  wvicon.gif
Teasing Rag 1912  wvicon.gif
That Gosh Darn Hiram Tune 1912 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Gasoline 1913 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
I'm Going Back to Birmingham 1913 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Mid the Purple-Tinted Hills of Tennessee 1913 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Tickler, The 1913 unpublished
Colonial Glide 1914  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Everybody Tango 1914  wvicon.gif
Hot-House Rag 1914  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
When the Moon Shines Down on Lonesome Town 1915 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Who Will Be Your Sweetheart Then? 1915 J. Will Callahan (words)
Dreamy Days of Long Ago 1916
Prattles 1916 Piano Roll
Spring-Time Rag 1916  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Wailana Rag 1916 Piano Roll
On the Rural Route 1917  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Why Don't You Try to Love Me 1917
Kissable Child 1918
Aeroplane Rag, The ? unpublished
Bones ? unpublished
Enchantment Rag ? unpublished
Fluff ?
Little Bit of Rag ?
Only Because It Is You ? J. Will W. Callahan (words)
She Came From Old Missouri ? J. Will W. Callahan (words)
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
           
youtube15.jpg Colonial Glide 2:34 Ragtime Dorian Henry P.C. Pratt  Colonial Glide (1914)
youtube15.jpg Hot House Rag 2:41 Ragtime Dorian Henry P.C. Pratt 
youtube15.jpg On the Rural Route 3:28 Ragtime Dorian Henry P.C. Pratt 
youtube15.jpg Spring-Time Rag 2:53 Ragtime Dorian Henry P.C. Pratt  Spring-Time Rag (1916)
youtube15.jpg Vanity Rag 2:37 Ragtime Dorian Henry P.C. Pratt  Vanity Rag (1909)
youtube15.jpg Walhalla 2:24 Ragtime Dorian Henry P.C. Pratt