Copyright files, too, credit the songwriting of "Rubber heels" to Martin
Smolov and Bernie Seaman, but add Frankie Ward as arranger.
On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 12:27 PM, David Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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
> > 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
> > Starita
> > > and the California Ramblers, but no others apparently. There is Frank
> > > Ward (1872-1953), a composer and organist best known for sacred music
> > > serious orchestral pieces. Then there is Frank E. Ward, a clarinet and
> > sax
> > > player listed as a sideman in discographies. There is also a Frank E.
> > Ward
> > > that led a band in which Sylvester Ahola first recorded in 1924, though
> > the
> > > discs weren't released. Who is who, and specifically who wrote
> > in
> > > Rhythm"?
> > >
> > > David N. Lewis
> > > Sperryville, VA
> > >