Clay Smith  (1877-1930)
Last updated: 26.04.24
p_smithcl.jpgAll that can presently (December 2023) be gleaned about Clay Smith from sheet music covers and by Internet searching is that he was American vaudeville performer and composer born in Batesville, Arkansas.
He had some 23 works published between 1912 and 1925 many of which were for and with his wife and partner Lee White. They made popular tours both in the UK and Australia.
Smith is featured on works by other composers published between 1908 and 1916.
Of ragtime interest is The Ragtime Engineer (1912) published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
His portrait together with Melnotte Twins on the left is taken from I've Got To Make Love To Somebody (1908) , words & music Thomas S. Allen and published by Thos. S. Allen, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Surfers are welcome to contribute any further information about this composer/performer.
Websites:
url15.gif  DAHR: Clay Smith List of 23 historic recordings from 1912 to 1924.
  Title Co-Author(s) Sequencer
       
audiomidi15.gif Ragtime Engineer (1912), The Unknown
  Title (Release Year) Composer Performers Issue
         
record15.gif Cheep - Selection Part 1 (1917) C. Smith Columbia: 75893
record15.gif Cheep - Selection Part 2 (1917) C. Smith Columbia: 75894
record15.gif Drifting to You (1924) C. Smith Marcia Freer
Lewis James
Victor: B-30503
record15.gif Drifting to You (1924) C. Smith James J. Sheridan Brunswick: 13318-13320
record15.gif Give Me the Isle of Cuba (1920) C. Smith Ralph Bingham Victor: [Trial 1920-05-24-02]
record15.gif Maid of the West (1924) C. Smith Bernard Ferguson OKeh: S-72431
recordMP3.gif Maid of the West (1923) C. Smith Walter Scanlan
W.V. Brunt
Edison: 9265
record15.gif Maid of the West (1924) C. Smith Lambert Murphy Victor: B-29421
record15.gif Maid of the West (1923) C. Smith Allen McQuhae Brunswick: 12105-12107
record15.gif Shoot the Rabbit (1917) C. Smith Beatrice Lillie Columbia: 75923
recordMP3.gif Sorter Miss You (1917) C. Smith Charles W. Harrison Victor: B-20309
recordMP3.gif Sorter Miss You (1918) C. Smith Frances Davis Alda Victor: B-21770
recordMP3.gif Sorter Miss You (1917) C. Smith Vernon Stiles Columbia: 47462
record15.gif Sorter Miss You (1919) C. Smith Oscar Seagle Columbia: 78571
recordMP3.gif Sorter Miss You (1918) C. Smith Marie Morrisey Edison: 6242
record15.gif When the Company's Gone (1920) C. Smith Lee White Columbia: 76796
  as Performer      
record15.gif Jingle Johnnie (1916) J.W. Tate C. Smith Columbia: 6873
record15.gif Oh, Those Naughty Eyes! (1916) J.W. Tate C. Smith
Lee White
Columbia: 6870
record15.gif And They Called It Dixieland (1916) R.A. Whiting Lee White
C. Smith
Columbia: 6871
This list is derived from information provided by Monologues.co.uk which went down sometime in 2023.
The loss of this valuable resource is very sad and a mystery.
     Title Attribution Remarks
       
  Somebody's Coming to Tea Clay Smith (music)
R.P. Weston (words)
Bert Lee (words)
Lee White (perf.)
Stanley Kirkby (perf.)
Harry Hudson (perf.)
 
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
pdf15.gif Dear Little You (1921) C. Smith (music)
Roscoe Gilmore Stott (words)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Maid of the West (1923) C. Smith (music)
Roscoe G. Scott (words)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif My Dream Baby (1919) C. Smith (music) Piano, Voice Indiana wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Sorter Miss You (1916) C. Smith (w&m) Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Wee Little Cabin (1922) C. Smith (music)
Russell J. England (words)
Piano, Voice Indiana wvicon.gif
The peformer is featured on 6 sheet music/recording covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m)
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
         
perf15.jpg I've Got To Make Love To Somebody (1908) Thomas S. Allen(w&m)
perf15.jpg Oh, Those Naughty Eyes! (1916) James W. Tate F. Clifford Harris (words)  record15.gif
perf15.jpg Jingle Johnnie (1916) James W. Tate F. Clifford Harris (words)  record15.gif
perf15.jpg And They Called It Dixieland (1916) Richard A. Whiting Raymond B. Egan (words)  record15.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 23 works by Clay Smith (1877-1930). 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
       
Ragtime Engineer, The 1912 Sam M. Lewis (words)  wvicon.gif audiomidi15.gif
Sorter Miss You (w&m) 1916 Frances Davis Alda (perf.)
Charles W. Harrison (perf.)
Marie Morrisey (perf.)
Oscar Seagle (perf.)
Vernon Stiles (perf.)
 wvicon.gif  recordMP3.gif recordMP3.gif recordMP3.gif record15.gif recordMP3.gif
Cheep - Selection Part 1 1917 Bert Lee (co-author)
R. P. Weston (co-author)
  record15.gif
Cheep - Selection Part 2 1917 Bert Lee (co-author)
R. P. Weston (co-author)
  record15.gif
Don't Blame Me 1917 R.P. Weston (words)
Bert Lee (words)
Clay Smith (perf.)
Lee White (perf.)
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I Shall See You To-Night (w&m) 1917 R.P. Weston (co-author)
Bert Lee (co-author)
Lee White (perf.)
 Pub.
Shoot the Rabbit 1917 Beatrice Lillie (perf.)   record15.gif
Somebody's Coming to Tea 1917 R.P. Weston (words)
Bert Lee (words)
Harry Hudson (perf.)
Stanley Kirkby (perf.)
Lee White (perf.)
He's Coming Home 1919  wvicon.gif
My Dream Baby 1919  wvicon.gif
Oh, Johnny Callagan! (w&m) 1919 R.P. Weston (co-author)
Bert Lee (co-author)
Clay Smith (perf.)
Lee White (perf.)
 Pub.
We've Got a Servant 1919  Pub.
Give Me the Isle of Cuba 1920 Ralph Bingham (perf.)   record15.gif
When the Company's Gone (w&m) 1920 Bert Lee (co-author)
R. P. Weston (co-author)
Lee White (perf.)
  record15.gif
When We've Company at Our House 1920  Pub.
Winter Time 1920  Pub.
Dear Little You 1921 Roscoe Gilmore Stott (words)  wvicon.gif
Wee Little Cabin 1922 Russell J. England (words)  wvicon.gif
Maid of the West 1923 Roscoe G. Scott (words)
Walter Van Brunt (perf.)
Bernard Ferguson (perf.)
Allen McQuhae (perf.)
Lambert Murphy (perf.)
Walter Scanlan (perf.)
 wvicon.gif  record15.gif recordMP3.gif record15.gif record15.gif
Plain, Li'l Cullah'd Boy 1923 Roscoe G. Scott (words)  Pub.
Drifting to You 1924 O. J. Gunnell (words)
Al. Short (words)
Marcia Freer (perf.)
Lewis James (perf.)
James J. Sheridan (perf.)
 wvicon.gif  record15.gif record15.gif
Egyptian Rose 1925 Fred Godfrey (words)  Pub.
Under the Blushing Moon ? Leo. Bennet (words)