Cal. Stark  (1881-1972)
Last updated: 01.05.22
Cal. Stark was the nom-de-plume used by Caroline May Bruggeman Stark. She was born in Alton, Illinois and had sufficient musical training to be employed as a sheet music demonstrator in the Boston Department Store in St. Louis, Missouri where she met her future husband, William P. Stark, the son of the ragtime publisher, John Stark. Her best known composition was undoubtedly They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun' (1912) which she wrote using the Cy Perkins as a pseudonym. The song, lyrics Webb M. Oungst, was used initially as the official campaign song for Missouri's Presidential Candidate, James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark. Subject to many legal proceedings the song was widely used and was adopted by the Second Missouri Infantry as their marching song. It was even proposed as a state song for Missouri. Cal. Stark was eventually acknowledged as the composer of the work after an appeals court decision.
Of ragtime interest is her Comus (1904). She died in Kirkwood, Missouri.

url15.gif Cal. Stark Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
Cal. Stark  (1881-1972) has at least 1 item(s) at the Amazons which you can order on-line by clicking the item's order icon.
b003iii6ck_m.jpgThey Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun' Song
Music by: Cal. Stark.
Words by: Webb M. Oungst
Publisher: Stark Music Co
Suppliers: flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
Printed: 1912. Sheet Music. Limited Availability.
  Title Instruments Performers
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Baby Blues (1917) T+D/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Comus (1904) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
     Performer CD Title Supplier
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Nora Hulse Ragtime Refreshments
cd15.gif St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers: Volume 2 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Bill Edwards It's Ragging Cats and Dogs
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE1303 Baby Blues (1917) - Fox Trot
T+D/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1304 Comus (1904) - A Two-Step Intermezzo
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Baby Blues (1917) T+D/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Comus (1904) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Dream Pillow, The C. Stark (music)
Eddie Dustin (words)
Piano, Voice Kirk wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Sunset Waltz (1914) C. Stark (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun' C. Stark (music)
Webb M. Oungst (words)
Piano, Voice Kirk Pub.
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 10 works by Cal. Stark (1881-1972). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Dainty Foot 1903  wvicon.gif
Comus 1904 as Carrie Bruggeman  Pub.
Dream Pillows, The 1908 Eddie Dustin (words)  Pub.
They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun' 1912 Webb M. Oungst (words)
as Cy Perkins
 amazon15.gif Pub.
Sunset Waltz 1914  wvicon.gif
Tango Tangle 1914
Baby Blues 1917  Pub. youtube15.jpg
Baby Blues - Song ? Margie Brandon (words)
Cootie Stomp ?
Slumber Time ?
     Title Duration Performer
youtube15.jpg Baby Blues 2:24 Ragtime Dorian Henry