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Pianist, songwriter, arranger, bandleader Elmer Schoebel was born in East St.
Louis, Illinois in 1896. His greatest acclaim as a player came from his 1922-23 stint
with the widely recorded New Orleans Rhythm Kings led by trumpeter Paul
Mares. Before that he had played for silent movies and as an accompanist for
vaudeville acts. After forming his own band he went to New York where became
associated with Isham Jones, but returned shortly to Chicago where he hooked up
with Louis Panico. For a time he did arrangements for the Melrose Publishing
Company. In the 30’s he became head of musical arranging for the New York
publishing firm of Warner Brothers.
Nonetheless, his most lasting musical monuments are his jazz compositions, such
BUGLE CALL RAG – with Jack Pettis in 1923. It was introduced by the Friars
Society Orchestra and later revived in different eras by Sophie Tucker, Benny
Goodman, and the Mills Brothers.
COPENHAGEN – with Charlie Davis in 1924 with words by Walter Melrose. It
was introduced by the Benson Orchestra of Chicago. The “Copenhagen” from
which the title is derived is allegedly the brand of “smokeless tobacco” used by a
member of the band.
FAREWELL BLUES – written in 1922 and introduced by the New Orleans Rhythm
Kings (NORK), one of the best of the early White bands. It was later recorded by
the Isham Jones Orchestra and still later by Ted Lewis.
NOBODY’S SWEETHEART – written in 1923 with Gus Kahn and introduced in the
musical revue “The Passing Show of 1923” by Ted Lewis. It was popularized by
Isham Jones and His Orchestra. It was later revived in 1928 by Red Nichols; in
1931 by Cab Calloway; in 1932 by the Mills Brothers; in 1944 in the film “Atlantic
City” by Belle Baker; and in 1951 by Doris Day in the film “I’ll See You in My
STOMP OFF, LET’S GO - this one was written in 1925 by Elmer and was
popularized by Erskine Tate and His Orchestra which included a wonderful
trumpet solo by the young Louis Armstrong.
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