The Joseph C. Smith Orchestra was a dance band that occasionally injected some Jazz into their arrangements. Their version of W.C. Handy's Yellow Dog Blues which features Harry Raderman on his "Laughing Trombone" is a good example of Smith trying to Jazz it up a bit. The orchestra recorded for Victor, Columbia, and Brunswick between 1917 and 1922 and played at the Plaza Hotel in New York. A sub-set of the orchestra released two records as the Joseph C. Smith's Trio. Smith and his orchestra played a residency in Montreal, Canada at the Mount Royal Hotel in 1923 and he made his final recordings in Montreal in 1925 under the name of Joseph C. Smith and His Mount Royal Orchestra

Thanks to Uncle Dave Lewis, Verne Buland, Dave Bartholomew and Dennis Pereya their help with this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
A Young Man's Fancy (Music Box Song)
(From the Musical Comedy “What’s in a Name?”)

(Milton Ager)
5-25-1920 New York, New York Victor
18678
Alexandria
(from the Romance "Aphrodite")

(Ansel Goetzl)
4-13-1920 New York, New York Victor
18673-A
Alice Blue Gown
from the Musical Comedy "Irene"

(Joseph McCarthy / Harry Tierney)
10-5-1920 New York, New York Victor
18700-A
Allah's Holiday
(from "Katinka")

(Rudolf Friml)
2-19-1917 New York, New York Victor
18246-B
Alma de Bohemio (tango) 6-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2457
Apple Blossoms
(Introducing: "Little Girls, Goodbye"/"The Second Violin")

(Victor Jacobi / Fritz Kreisler)
12-26-1919 New York, New York Victor
18646-A
Argentine 3-28-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2424
Blossom Time
(Introducing: "Song Of Love"/"Only One Love Ever Fills My Heart"/"In Vienna Town")

(Adapted from Molodies of Franz Schubert and Henrich Berte by Sigmund Romberg)
10-20-1921 New York, New York Victor
18827-A
Broken Moon
(Introducing: "Without You")
3-17-1921 New York, New York Victor
18745
Calicoco
(Hugh Frey)
11-20-1917 New York, New York Columbia
A2460
Calicoco
(Hugh Frey)
5-8-1918 New York, New York Victor
18478-B
Canary
(Introducing: "Thousands Of Years Ago"/"Take A Chance")
12-16-1918 New York, New York Victor
18541
Carolina Sunshine (waltz)
(Erwin R. Schmidt)
12-26-1919 New York, New York Victor
18646-B
Ching-a-Ling's Jazz Bazaar
(Introducing: "At The Moving Picture Ball")

Featuring two pianos played by Hugo Frey and Frank Banta

(Ethel Bridges / Joseph H. Santley)
3-19-1920 New York, New York Victor
35695-A
Chong
(Introducing: "By The Camp Fire")

(Harold Weeks / Percy Wenrich)
3-4-1919 New York, New York Victor
35684-B
Come On, Papa
Introducing "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm ?")

(Leslie / Ruby / Donaldson)
1-30-1919 New York, New York Victor
18533-A
Coo Coo 6-5-1919 New York, New York Victor
18601
Cuban Moon
(Spencer)
8-3-1920 New York, New York Victor
35698
Dance And Grow Thin
(George W. Meyer)
5-14-1917 New York, New York Victor
18313
Dear Old Pal Of Mine
(Gitz Rice)
3-18-1919 New York, New York Victor
18543-A
Dodola (waltz) 6-3-1918 New York, New York Victor
35676
Dry Your Tears
Introducing "Mummy Mine"

(Hickman / Black / Rose)
1-30-1919 New York, New York Victor
18533-B
Evensong Waltz
(Easthope Martin)
2-19-1917 New York, New York Victor
18247
Every Day
(Introducing: "Oh Gee ! Oh Gosh ! (I Love You)")
3-16-1922 New York, New York Victor
18885
Fascination Waltz
(F.D. Marchetti)
5-14-1917 New York, New York Victor
35640
For Me And My Gal
(Introducing: "There's Something Nice About The South" and "For Me And My Gal")

(George W. Meyer / Irving Berlin)
5-14-1917 New York, New York Victor
35640
For You A Rose
(Introducing: "My Yokohama Girl")
6-25-1917 New York, New York Victor
35648
Get Off My Foot
(W.B. Kernell / Van Campen Heilner)
2-19-1917 New York, New York Victor
18247
Girl Of My Heart
(Introducing: "Twinkle"/"I Was So Young")
4-23-1919 New York, New York Victor
35690
Happy
(Hugo Frey)
10-1-1919 New York, New York Victor
18715-B
Havanola
(Have Another)

(Hugo Frey)
1-8-1917 New York, New York Victor
35615
Head Over Heels
("The Big Show" - "Head Over Heals")

(passage for Two Pianos played by Hugo Frey and Frank Banta)

(Jerome Kern)
12-16-1918 New York, New York Victor
35682-A
Hello 'Tucky 1-1925 Montreal, Canada HMV
216492
Hindustan
(Oliver G. Wallace / Harold Weeks)
7-29-1918 New York, New York Victor
18507-A
Hitchy-Koo
(E. Ray Goetz / Wm. White)
6-25-1917 New York, New York Victor
18334
Honeydew Medley One-Step
(Introducing: "Morning Glory"/"Drop Me A Line"/"The Morals Of A Sailor-Man")
11-11-1920 New York, New York Victor
18719-A
Honeydew Medley Waltz
(Introducing: "Sunshine Of Love"/"Unrequited Love"/"Oh, How I Long For Someone")
11-11-1920 New York, New York Victor
18719-B
I Lost My Heart To You
(Introducing: "Heart Of Mine")
3-17-1921 New York, New York Victor
18745
I Love You Best Of All 1-1925 Montreal, Canada HMV
216492
I Might Be Your "Once-in-a-While"
(Introducing: "Tip Your Hat"/"Lullaby")

(from The Musical Play "Angel Face")

(Victor Herbert)
10-10-1919 New York, New York Victor
18629-B
I Still Can Dream
(Introducing: "My Bayadere"/"In The Starlight")
11-1922 New York, New York Brunswick
2352
I Want My Mammy
(Introducing: "Mandy 'n' Me")
11-30-1921 New York, New York Victor
18845
If You Could Care
(Introducing: "Ninon Was A Naughty Girl")
(waltz)
4-13-1920 New York, New York Victor
18715-A
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
(Introducing: "Typical Topical Tunes")

(Harry Carroll)
5-8-1918 New York, New York Victor
35682-B
Irene
(Introducing: "Castle Of Dreams"/"The Last Part Of Every Party")
(from the muscal comedy "Irene")

(Harry Tierney)
3-19-1920 New York, New York Victor
35695-B
Isle Of Sweethearts
(Introducing: "When Eyes Meet Eyes, When Lips Meet Lips")
10-1922 New York, New York Brunswick
20007
It's You
(from the musical extraganza "Bombo")

(Con Conrad)
10-20-1921 New York, New York Victor
18827-B
I've A Shooting Box In Scotland
(Cole Porter)
1-8-1917 New York, New York Victor
18165
Just As Long As You Have Me
(Introducing: "The Twinkle In Your Eye")
9-1922 New York, New York Brunswick
2328
Karavan
(Abe Olman / Rudy Wiedoeft)
3-2-1920 New York, New York Victor
18662
Kiss A Miss (waltz) 2-24-1921 New York, New York Victor
18739
Kiss Me Again (waltz) 10-29-1917 New York, New York Victor
35663
Lady Billy - Medley
(Introducing: "Goodbye"/"The Tune They Play"/"Just Plant A Kiss")
1-28-1921 New York, New York Victor
35706
Leave It To Jane Medley
(Introducing: "The Sirens' Song"/"The Crickets Are Calling")
9-17-1917 New York, New York Victor
35660
Left All Alone Again Blues
(Introducing: "Good Night Boat") (from The Musical Comedy "The Night Boat")

(Jerome Kern)
3-2-1920 New York, New York Victor
18661-B
Legend
(Introducing: "Come To Arcadia With Me")
From the Musical Romance "Lady Billy"

(Harold Levey)
4-22-1921 New York, New York Victor
18761-A
Lola Lo
(Arthur Lange / Ernest Klapholz)
1-27-1922 New York, New York Victor
18866-B
Love And The Moon
(Introducing: "Give Me That Rose")
2-14-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2402
Love Nest
(Introducing: "Mary")
from the Musical Comedy “Mary”

(Louis A. Hirsch)
5-25-1920 New York, New York Victor
18678
Lovely Lucerne (waltz) 10-1922 New York, New York Brunswick
20007
Lovely Summertime
(Joseph C. Smith)
10-10-1919 New York, New York Victor
18681-B
Mammy O' Mine
(Introducing: "Dixie Is Dixie Once More")

(Maceo Pinkard)
8-12-1919 New York, New York Victor
18615
Mammy's Lullaby (waltz)
(Callahan / Roberts)
1-30-1919 New York, New York Victor
18531
Marianna
(Graham / Gilbert)
5-8-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2440
Mary 7-29-1918 New York, New York Victor
18500
Medley Of Irish Waltzes - Part 1
(Introducing: "A Little Bit Of Heaven"/"Where The River Shannon Flows"/"My Wild Irish Rose")
12-1922 New York, New York Brunswick
20009
Medley Of Irish Waltzes - Part 2
(Introducing: "Come Back To Erin"/"Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms"/"The Low Back'd Car"/"Cruiskeen Lawn"/"The Wearin' O' The Green")
12-1922 New York, New York Brunswick
20009
Mello 'Cello (waltz)
(Neil Moret)
2-2-1921 New York, New York Victor
18761-B
Me-Ow
(Mel. B Kaufman)
9-6-1918 New York, New York Victor
18511
Missouri Waltz 10-29-1917 New York, New York Victor
35663
Mondaine (waltz) 6-25-1917 New York, New York Victor
35648
Money Blues
(Hugo Frey)
9-25-1916 New York, New York Victor
18165
My Dough Boy
(Hugo Frey)
5-8-1918 New York, New York Victor
18478-A
My Sweetie
(Irving Berlin)
10-29-1917 New York, New York Victor
18407-A
'N' Everything
(Introducing: "Cleopatra"/"I Want You To Want Me")

(Buddy De Sylva / Gus Kahn / Al Jolson)
9-7-1918 New York, New York Victor
18507-B
Nashville Nightingale
(George Gershwin)
3-1924 Montreal, Canada HMV
216492
Nobody Knows
(And Nobody Seems To Care)
(Introducing: "I've Got My Captain Working For Me Now")

(Irving Berlin)
10-30-1919 New York, New York Victor
18630-B
Now That I Need You, You're Gone
(Leslie / Meyer)
5-24-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2447
Oh ! Frenchy
(Introducing: "Goodbye, Alexander"/"After You've Gone")

(Conrad / Creamer / Layton)
9-8-1918 New York, New York Victor
18511
Oh ! What A Pal Was Mary
(Introducing: "Meet Me In Bubble Land")

(Pete Wendling / Isham Jones)
11-5-1919 New York, New York Victor
18630-A
Oh, Boy ! - Medley
(Introducing: "Till The Clouds Roll By"/"A Pal Like You")
3-26-1917 New York, New York Victor
35630-A
Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!
(Rose / Olman / Egan)
5-14-1917 New York, New York Victor
18313
Oh, My Dear!
(Introducing: "I Wonder Whether"/"City Of Dreams")
3-4-1919 New York, New York Victor
35690
On A Blue Lagoon 3-1924 Montreal, Canada HMV
216466
On Miami Shore (waltz)
(Victor Jacobi)
10-30-1919 New York, New York Victor
18632-A
Once Upon A Time
(Introducing: &The Clinging Vine")
3-30-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2424
Oriental 6-3-1918 New York, New York Victor
35676
Oriental Stars
(James V Monaco)
4-13-1920 New York, New York Victor
18673-B
Out Of The East
(Joe Rosey)
4-23-1919 New York, New York Victor
18561-A
Patches
(Lee S. Roberts)
10-30-1919 New York, New York Victor
18629-B
Peggy
(Introducing: "Rose Of Romany")

(Neil Moret)
9-25-1919 New York, New York Victor
18632-B
Poor Butterfly
(from N.Y. Hippodrome production "The Big Show")

(Raymond Hubbell)
2-19-1917 New York, New York Victor
18246-A
Rainy Day Blues
(Frank Warshauer)
4-23-1919 New York, New York Victor
18561-B
Rambler Rose Medley One-Step
(Introducing: "Gypsy Song"/"The Land Of The Midnight Sun"/"One Look, One World")
9-17-1917 New York, New York Victor
35660
Rock-a-Bye Baby
(Introducing: "Not You"/"Time For Kissing")
7-29-1918 New York, New York Victor
18500
Rockin' The Boat
(Hugo Frey)
12-16-1918 New York, New York Victor
18521-A
Romance (waltz) 2-24-1921 New York, New York Victor
18739
Rose Of Stamboul
(Introducing: "My Heart Is Calling") (waltz)
3-16-1922 New York, New York Victor
18885
Rose Room
Introducing: "My Oriental Rosebud")

(Art Hickman / Walter Smith)
6-3-1918 New York, New York Victor
18473-B
Sally - Medley
(Introducing: "Look For The Silver Lining"/"Whip-Poor-Will"/"Wild Rose")
2-2-1921 New York, New York Victor
35706
Sal-O-May
(Salome)
9-20-1921 New York, New York Victor
18816-A
Seduccion (tango) 6-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2457
Serenade ("Les Millions d'Arlequin") 1-8-1917 New York, New York Victor
35615
Smiles
(Lee Roberts)
6-3-1918 New York, New York Victor
18473-A
Some Sunday Morning
(Introducing: "Where The Morning Glories Grow")

(Richard A. Whiting)
10-29-1917 New York, New York Victor
18407-B
Sometime
(Introducing: "The Tune You Can't Forget"/"Any Kind Of Man"/"Keep On Smiling")

(Rudolf Friml)
2-27-1919 New York, New York Victor
35684-A
Song Of The Night (waltz) 9-25-1916 New York, New York Victor
35593
St. Elmo
(Joseph Smitj / Nocholas Briglia)
3-26-1917 New York, New York Victor
35630-B
Stealing 11-30-1921 New York, New York Victor
18845
Stella
(Jolson / Akst / Davis)
5-24-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2447
Sweet Hawaiian Moonlight - (waltz)
(Frost / Klickmann)
1-30-1919 New York, New York Victor
18531
Sweet Little You 3-1924 Montreal, Canada HMV
216472
Taxi
(Mel B. Kaufman)
10-22-1919 New York, New York Victor
18640-B
Tell Me
(J.W. Callahan / Max Kortlander)
6-5-1919 New York, New York Victor
18594-A
Tessie, Stop Teasin' Me 3-1924 Montreal, Canada HMV
216466
That Naughty Waltz
(Stan Stanley / Sol Levy)
12-26-1919 New York, New York Victor
18650-B
That's It
(Creamer / Layton)
9-17-1917 New York, New York Victor
18390-A
The Girl Behind The Gun
(Introducing: "Some Day Waiting Will End")
12-16-1918 New York, New York Victor
18521-B
The Royal Vagabond
(Introducing: "When The Cherry Blossoms Fall"/"In A Kingdom Of Our Own")

(Anselm Goetzl / George M. Cohan)
3-4-1919 New York, New York Victor
18541-A
The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi 5-8-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2440
The Vamp
(Byron Gay)
6-25-1919 New York, New York Victor
18594-B
This Way Out
(James A. N. Caruso)
3-26-1917 New York, New York Victor
18275-B
Three O' Clock In The Morning (waltz)
(Julian Robledo)
1-27-1922 New York, New York Victor
18866-A
Tip Top
(Introducing: "I Want A Lily"/"The Girl Who Keeps Me Guessing")
11-11-1920 New York, New York Victor
18733
Tripoli
(Introducing: "Down The Trail To Home, Sweet Home") (waltz)
10-5-1920 New York, New York Victor
18700-B
Tulip Time
Introducing "Shimmee Town"
from Ziegfeld Follies 1919

(Dave Stamper)
8-12-1919 New York, New York Victor
18618-A
Umbrellas To Mend
(Mel B. Kaufman)
9-17-1917 New York, New York Victor
18390-B
Waiting
(Introducing: "Show A Little Something New")
8-12-1919 New York, New York Victor
18615
When Hearts Are Young
(Introducing: "Dear Land O' Mine")
11-1922 New York, New York Brunswick
2352
When You Come Back
(Frey)
11-20-1917 New York, New York Columbia
A2460
When You Look In The Heart Of A Rose
(from The Musical Play "The Better 'Ole")

(Florence Methven)
3-18-1919 New York, New York Victor
18543-B
Where Is The Man Of My Dreams ?
(Introducing: "Cinderelatives")
9-1922 New York, New York Brunswick
2328
While Miami Dreams
(Richard A. Whiting)
3-1-1922 New York, New York Victor
18878-A
Who Did It ? 6-25-1919 New York, New York Victor
18601
Whose Baby Are You ?
(Introducing: "I Love The Lassies (I Love 'Em All)")
(from The Musical Comedy "The Night Boat")

(Jerome Kern)
2-24-1920 New York, New York Victor
18661-B
Why, Dear?
Piano Passage by Hugo Frey and Frank Banta

(Henry R. Cohen)
9-20-1921 New York, New York Victor
18816-B
Wonderful You
(Introducing: "Sway With Me")
2-14-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2402
Yearning
(Introducing: "Spring Time")
6-5-1919 New York, New York Victor
18603
Yellow Dog Blues
(Introducing: "Hooking Cow Blues")

Featuring Harry Raderman and his Laughing Trombone

(W.C. Handy)
10-1-1919 New York, New York Victor
18618-B
You're In Love Medley Fox Trot
("He Will Understand" and "You're In Love")

(Rudolf Friml)
3-26-1917 New York, New York Victor
18275-A
Ziegfeld Follies - Medley One-Step
(Introducing: "Hello My Dearie"/"Chu Chin Chow")
6-25-1917 New York, New York Victor
18334
Ziegfeld Follies of 1920 - Medley
(Introducing: "Bells"/"Tell Me, Little Gypsy")
8-3-1920 New York, New York Victor
35698
Artist Instrument
Harry Akst Piano
Elsie Baker Vocals
Frank Banta Piano
Maurice Benavente Bass Clarinet
William Berge Piano
Teddy Brown Drums
Henry Burr Vocals
Arthur Fields Vocals
Max Flaster Alto Saxophone
Hugo Frey Piano
George Hamilton Green Xylophone
Ruby Green Vocals
Bill Hall Trombone
Charles Harrison Vocals
Charles Hart Vocals
???? Himmelbrand Xylophone
Lewis James Vocals
Al Johnson Vocals
Sam Lewis Trombone
Don Liebersfeld Piano
Harry Macdonough Vocals
Billy Murray Vocals
Ernest Pechin Cornet
Harry Raderman Trombone
Jules Ruben Piano
Elliot Shaw Vocals
Joseph C. Smith Violin, Laughing, Leader
Rudy Wiedoeft Alto Saxophone, Oboe
unknown Cornet, Trombone, Violin, Violincello, String Bass, Drums
unknown Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone