Lee S. Roberts  (1884-1949)
Last updated: 20.04.24
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.

url15.gif Lee S. Roberts Biography by wikipedia.org.  
url15.gif  DAHR: Lee S. Roberts List of 106 historic recordings from 1916 to 1947.
  Title (Release Year) Co-Author(s) Performers Issue
cylinder15.gif Hawaiian Nights (1919) Helen Louise
Frank Ferera
Edison Blue Amberol: 3656
cylinder15.gif Smiles - Song (1919) Marie Rappold Edison Royal Purple Amberol: 29020
  Title Co-Author(s) Sequencer
audiomidi15.gif Harriman Cake Walk (1915) James Pitt-Payne
audiomidi15.gif High Ball (1912) James Pitt-Payne
  Title (Release Year) Composer Performers Issue
recordMP3.gif Little Birch Canoe and You, A (1918) L.S. Roberts Olive Kline
Harry MacDonough
Lambert Murphy
Reinald Werrenrath
Wilfred Glenn
Elsie West Baker
Victor: B-22263
recordMP3.gif Lonesome - That's All (1919) L.S. Roberts George Wilton Ballard Edison: 6759
recordMP3.gif Mammy's Lullaby (1919) L.S. Roberts George Wilton Ballard
S. Porter
Charles Hart
Mr. Thomas
Edison: 6611
  Title (Release Year) Performers Instruments
audiodbemp315.gif Harriman Cake Walk (1915) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. D/A/T/T/B/GB(B)
audiodbemp315.gif High Ball (1912) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)
audiodbemp315.gif Smiles - Song (1917) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. T/T/T/B/B/GB(B)
     Performer CD Title Supplier
Ragtime Music CDs:
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cd15.gif Various Artists Ragtime unter dem Doppeladler flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra 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.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif High Ball (1912) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifPub.
sm15.gif Smiles - Song (1917) T/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifPub.
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
After All (1919) L.S. Roberts (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Voice Greer
pdf15.gif Chiffonette Dance (1915) L.S. Roberts (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
Ching Chong (1917) L.S. Roberts (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Voice Greer
pdf15.gif Hawaiian Nights - Song (1919) L.S. Roberts (w&m) Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Italian Nights (1918) L.S. Roberts (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Little Birch Canoe and You (1918), A L.S. Roberts (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Mammy's Lullaby (1918) L.S. Roberts (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Voice Greer Pub.
pdf15.gif  Nailo (1920) L.S. Roberts (music)
J Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Orchestra IMSLP wvicon.gif
Patches (1919) L.S. Roberts (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Voice Greer
Smiles (1917)
Piano, Voice Greer
pdf15.gif Smiles Waltz (1919) L.S. Roberts (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Valse Parisienne (1912) L.S. Roberts (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 64 works by Lee S. Roberts (1884-1949). 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
Dainty Graces 1912  wvicon.gif
Doll House 1912  wvicon.gif
High Ball 1912 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)  Pub. audiomidi15.gif audiodbemp315.gif
Moon Kiss 1912  Pub.
Pansy 1912  Pub.
Snowball 1912  wvicon.gif
Valse Parisienne 1912  Pub.
Falls Caprice, The 1913  wvicon.gif
Harlequin 1913  Pub.
Rainbow Isle 1913
Mon Plaisir 1914  wvicon.gif
Panama, The 1914  Pub.
Aloha Oe 1915
Chiffonette Dance 1915  Pub.
Good Old Days in Alabam 1915 L Wolfe Gilbert (words)  wvicon.gif
Harriman Cake Walk 1915 Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)
Josephine Harriman (perf.)
Billy Reardon (perf.)
 Pub. audiomidi15.gif audiodbemp315.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Lights and Shadows 1915  wvicon.gif
Summer Nights 1915  wvicon.gif
Valse Debonair 1915  wvicon.gif
Hawaiian Nights 1916 Frank Ferera (perf.)
Helen Louise (perf.)
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I Miss You Miss America (w&m) 1916 L. Wolfe Gilbert (words)  wvicon.gif
Moon Dreams 1916  Pub.
Sincerity Waltz 1916  wvicon.gif
Teddy You're a Bear 1916
Ching Chong 1917 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Smiles - Song 1917 J Will Callahan (words)
Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble (perf.)
Marie Rappold (perf.)
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Dreamy Hawaiian Moon 1918
Italian Nights 1918  Pub.
Little Birch Canoe and You, A 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)
Elsie West Baker (perf.)
Wilfred Glenn (perf.)
Olive Kline (perf.)
Harry MacDonough (perf.)
Lambert Murphy (perf.)
Reinald Werrenrath (perf.)
 Pub.  recordMP3.gif
Lonesome - That's All 1918 Ben J. Bradley (words)
George Wilton Ballard (perf.)
 wvicon.gif  recordMP3.gif
Mammy's Lullaby 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)
George Wilton Ballard (perf.)
Charles Hart (perf.)
Steve Porter (perf.)
Mr. Thomas (perf.)
 Pub.  recordMP3.gif
That Old Fashioned Mother of Mine 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Title Year Attribution Remarks
You Don't Know 1918  wvicon.gif
After All 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)
Marguerite Sylva (perf.)
Hawaiian Nights - Song (w&m) 1919 Arr. by Dave Kapian  wvicon.gif
Montezuma 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Patches 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Please 1919  wvicon.gif
Smiles Waltz 1919  wvicon.gif
Broken Moon 1920 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Drowsy Baby 1920 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Nailo 1920 J Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Hula Dreams 1923
Oh Harold 1923
Sad Hawaiian Sea 1923  wvicon.gif
To One In Paradise 1923 Edgar Allan Poe (words)  Pub.
Answer ?
Ave Maria ?  wvicon.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Barcarolle ?
Charme D'amour ?
Every Little Movement ?
Herd Girl's Dream, The ?
Hesitation ?
High Jinks ?
I Hear You Calling Me ? E. Voitier (co-author)
Jaqueline Valse ?
Loin Du Bal ?
Martha ?
Mignonette ?
Response to Valse Parisienne ?
Silently the Roses Fall (w&m) ?  wvicon.gif
Sonata Op. 27: No. 2 ?
There's a Time in Each Day (w&m) ?  Pub.
Valse Brilliant ?