Thanks for this. I don't think the formal Frank E. Ward was a dance
bandleader; while his biographical details are scant, he was a church
organist and show continuous employment as such from the 1910s on.
According to Don Rayno, who I think is the "other" Frank E. Ward led a
dance band in the Beverly/Salem area of Massachusetts in the early 1920s;
both Sylvester Ahola and Jack Cressy were members.
This Albert Haim piece on "Clarinet Marmalade"
http://www.network54.com/Forum/27140/message/1313254369 shows Frank E. in
Phil Napoleon's group in 1927. In the liner notes to Rivermont's "Dancing
the Devil Away" which includes some of these Phil Napoleon recordings,
Frank E. is listed as "Frankie." Oddly, "Rubber Heels" is included here.
but credited to Martin Smolov and Bernie Seaman.
On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 11:53 AM, Sam Brylawski <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi, Dave,
> For what it's worth, the 1928 copyright registration catalog lists "Polly
> Primrose" and "Rhapsody in rhythm" as by "Frankie Ward." F. E. Ward is
> listed, too, that year, for three sacred pieces.
> Frankie Ward is listed in the 1927 books as arranger of "Rubber heels,"
> same publisher as "RiR," Denton & Hawkins. In 1929 the same publisher
> copyrighted "Be your age," by Frankie and Irving Szathmary. There are no
> Frankie Ward copyright registrations for music in the early 1930s, but lots
> more sacred stuff by Frank E.
> Best, Sam
> On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 10:42 AM, David Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Apologies for cross posting: I have a question about "Frankie Ward" who
> > composed "Rhapsody in Rhythm", a piece recorded in 1928 by both Al
> > and the California Ramblers, but no others apparently. There is Frank E.
> > Ward (1872-1953), a composer and organist best known for sacred music and
> > serious orchestral pieces. Then there is Frank E. Ward, a clarinet and
> > player listed as a sideman in discographies. There is also a Frank E.
> > that led a band in which Sylvester Ahola first recorded in 1924, though
> > discs weren't released. Who is who, and specifically who wrote "Rhapsody
> > Rhythm"?
> > David N. Lewis
> > Sperryville, VA