Anton Lada (September 25, 1890 – August 28, 1944)[1] was a ragtime, jazz and dance musician.[2] He was a drummer. He played with and was the manager of the Louisiana Five.[3] He recorded on Columbia Records and toured.[4] He performed for dancing and vaudeville shows and made a series of recordings for Emerson Records, Edison Records, and Columbia Records.

Lada on drums with the Louisiana Five

He is credited as co-composer of a number of tunes with Spencer Williams, most successfully the "Arkansas Blues".

After the breakup of his first Louisiana Five, he formed a series of his own bands before launching a new "Original Louisiana Five" band and moving to Hollywood to do film scores.[5]

Lada was born in Prague in the Kingdom of Bohemia and moved with his family to Chicago as a child.[5]

Lada formed various bands and made recordings with them.[6][7]

He composed "Let Us Be Sweethearts Again" with Ernie Erdman in 1921.[8] He copyrighted "Neglected Blues" with Williams.[9]

Harry L. Alford arranged Some of his songs.

Discography Edit

  • "Your Voice at Twilight", words by McElbert Moore[10]
  • "Uncle Blues" (1920)[10]
  • "At Parson Jenkins' Ball (1920), words by Ed Sanford and arranged by Ray Brost[10]
  • "Blue Jay Blues" (1920) with Frank Rizzo[10]
  • "California Blossom" (1920), with Spencer Williams[10]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Lada, Anton, 1890–1944 – Full record view – Libraries Australia Search".
  2. ^ "Lada, Anton 1890–1944 [WorldCat Identities]".
  3. ^ lada, [anton; five, louisiana. "Search results from Audio Recording, African Americans, Lada, [Anton], Audio, Popular Songs of the Day, Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Louisiana Five, Available Online". Library of Congress.
  4. ^ "Music Trades". Music Trades Corporation. February 17, 1921 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ a b "Heroes #16: Anton Lada, 1890–1944". November 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Rust, Brian (February 16, 2002). Jazz and Ragtime Records (1897–1942): L-Z, index. Mainspring Press. ISBN 9780967181929 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Rust, Brian (February 16, 1975). The American Dance Band Discography 1917-1942: Irving Aaronson to Arthur Lange. Arlington House. ISBN 9780870002489 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Erdman, Ernie; Lada, Anton (January 1, 1921). "Let Us Be Sweethearts Again". Historic Sheet Music Collection.
  9. ^ "Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series". February 16, 1948 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ a b c d e Office, Library of Congress Copyright (February 17, 1920). "Musical Compositions: Part 3". Library of Congress. – via Google Books.