The Bell Hop Rag (1914)
Fox Trot
Last updated: 28.01.22
Please note that for bandwidth reasons, both the displayed score and the *.mp3 
file which can be listened to are of low quality (96 dpi and 48kbps respectively) 
and do not reflect the high quality of the delivered products.The delivered score 
format is A4 and printed with high quality.
Composer: F.M. Bryan Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 420
Out-of-print. Please send an Enquiry Form if you are interested in this item. It may be re-printed if justified by demand.  

Length: approx. 4¾ mins. Sounds best with the 2nd tenor and bass doubled.
The Bell Hop Rag was, as can be seen on the cover of the original sheet music, introduced by Vera Maxwell and Andrew Braney both nattily clad as bellhops replete with pillbox headgear, high-collared mess jackets and highly polished shoes. The rag itself is actually better described as a syncopated foxtrot as its form is quite complex having some stop-time passages clearly showing that it was intended to be danced to. In fact the publisher includes this number in a foxtrot top ten along with the better known The Chevy Chase (1914) and Cruel Papa! (1914) by Eubie Blake and Will Marion Cook respectively.
The Bell Hop Rag was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.

  Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample 
audiodbemp315.gif T/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s) 
audiomidi15.gif Midi James Pitt-Payne
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Elliott Adams That Demon Rag flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Black Manhattan Vol. 2 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif