Herbert L. Clarke

Real Name:
Herbert Lincoln Clarke
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American cornet player, composer, conductor, teacher and one of the most influential musicians at the turn of the 20th Century (September 12, 1867–January 30, 1945).

He is widely considered one of the greatest cornet soloists of all time. Clarke’s legacy includes some of the most popular compositions for the instrument, many definitive recordings, as well as a seminal school of playing which emphasized not only extreme technical aptitude, but also increased warmth and lyricism of tone. He also produced several method books that are still widely used by brass students to this day.

In 1893, he joined John Philip Sousa’s Band as a cornet soloist. After playing at the Chicago World's Fair in the same year, he left to play with various other bands, continuing to do so over the next five years. During this period, he held temporary positions as second trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, and as principal trumpet in the Metropolitan Opera, for which he temporarily switched to trumpet.

In 1898 he returned to Sousa's Band, with whom he toured extensively, and later became Sousa's assistant director, succeeding Arthur Pryor. After Pryor's departure from Sousa in 1903 to form his own concert band, Clarke conducted Sousa's Band in many recording sessions for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Furthermore, he spent time testing and developing instruments for Conn Instruments in Elkhart, Indiana, and making a considerable number of solo recordings for Victor, Edison, Columbia, and finally Brunswick. He resigned from Sousa's band in September 1917 and returned to Canada to lead the Anglo-Canadian Leather Company Band in Huntsville, Ontario from 1918 to 1923. During this time he performed very little, instead focusing his efforts not only on conducting, but also composition, and setting up his own school of cornet playing in Chicago.
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Singles & EPs

A-345 Herbert L. Clarke - Song, My Love For You album art Herbert L. Clarke Song, My Love For You(Shellac, 7", S/Sided, Single) Improved Gram-O-Phone Record A-345 US 1901 Sell This Version
4753 Herbert L. Clarke - The Swiss Boy album art Clarke* & Millhouse* Clarke* & Millhouse* - The Swiss Boy(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4753 US 1906 Sell This Version
16194 Herbert L. Clarke - The Nightingale And The Frog / The Bride Of The Waves album art Darius Lyons / Herbert L. Clarke Darius Lyons / Herbert L. Clarke - The Nightingale And The Frog / The Bride Of The Waves Victor 16194 Canada 1908 Sell This Version
16088 Herbert L. Clarke - Titl's Serenade / Carnival Of Venice album art Keneke* And Lyons* / Herbert L. Clarke Keneke* And Lyons* / Herbert L. Clarke - Titl's Serenade / Carnival Of Venice(Shellac, 10") Victor 16088 US 1908 Sell This Version
5674 Herbert L. Clarke - Sounds From The Hudson album art Herbert L. Clarke Sounds From The Hudson(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 5674 US 1909 Sell This Version
16332 Herbert L. Clarke - La Veta Caprice / Tipica Polka album art Herbert L. Clarke / Page* And Ramseyer* Herbert L. Clarke / Page* And Ramseyer* - La Veta Caprice / Tipica Polka(Shellac, 10") Victor 16332 US 1909 Sell This Version
16312 Herbert L. Clarke - College Life March / The Friendly Rivals album art Victor Orchestra* / Clarke* And Keneke* Victor Orchestra* / Clarke* And Keneke* - College Life March / The Friendly Rivals(Shellac, 10") Victor 16312 US 1909 Sell This Version
16679 Herbert L. Clarke - Sounds From The Hudson / American Valor March album art Herbert L. Clarke / Siegel* and Butin* Herbert L. Clarke / Siegel* and Butin* - Sounds From The Hudson / American Valor March(Shellac, 10", RE) Victor 16679 US 1910 Sell This Version
16447 Herbert L. Clarke - Tesoro Mio Waltz / Once Upon A Time album art Pryors Band* / Herbert L. Clarke Pryors Band* / Herbert L. Clarke - Tesoro Mio Waltz / Once Upon A Time(Shellac, 10") Victor 16447 US 1910 Sell This Version
17153 Herbert L. Clarke - Showers Of Gold / Gondolier And Nightingale album art Herbert L. Clarke / Herbert L. Clarke - Clement Barone Herbert L. Clarke / Herbert L. Clarke - Clement Barone - Showers Of Gold / Gondolier And Nightingale(Shellac, 10") Victor 17153 US 1912 Sell This Version
16350 Herbert L. Clarke - Black And White / The Land Of The Swallows album art Victor Orchestra* / Clarke* And Lyons* Victor Orchestra* / Clarke* And Lyons* - Black And White / The Land Of The Swallows(Shellac, 10") Victor 16350 US 1915 Sell This Version
A2351 Herbert L. Clarke - Twilight Dreams / Love's Old Sweet Song album art Herbert L. Clarke Twilight Dreams / Love's Old Sweet Song Columbia A2351 USA & Canada 1917 Sell This Version
A2199 Herbert L. Clarke - The Palms / Berceuse From Jocelyn album art Herbert L. Clarke The Palms / Berceuse From Jocelyn(Shellac, 10") Columbia A2199 USA & Canada 1917 Sell This Version
16317 Herbert L. Clarke - The Three Solitaires / Hornpipe Medley album art Clarke*, Keneke* and Pryor* / John J. Kimmel Clarke*, Keneke* and Pryor* / John J. Kimmel - The Three Solitaires / Hornpipe Medley Victor 16317 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
17109 Herbert L. Clarke - Good Night, Good Night, Beloved / Southern Cross album art Victor Brass Quartet / Herbert L. Clarke Victor Brass Quartet / Herbert L. Clarke - Good Night, Good Night, Beloved / Southern Cross(Shellac, 10") Victor 17109 US Unknown Sell This Version
16313 Herbert L. Clarke - Largo (Handel) / Russian Fantasie (Medley Of Russian Melodies) album art Howard Rattay / Herbert L. Clarke Howard Rattay / Herbert L. Clarke - Largo (Handel) / Russian Fantasie (Medley Of Russian Melodies)(Shellac, 10", RP) Victor 16313 US Unknown Sell This Version
17109 Herbert L. Clarke - Good Night, Good Night, Beloved / Southern Cross album art Victor Brass Quartet / Herbert L. Clarke Victor Brass Quartet / Herbert L. Clarke - Good Night, Good Night, Beloved / Southern Cross(Shellac, 10") Victor 17109 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
17035 Herbert L. Clarke - From An Indian Lodge / Aloha Oe  album art Sousa's Band, Herbert L. Clarke Sousa's Band, Herbert L. Clarke - From An Indian Lodge / Aloha Oe (Shellac, 10") Victor 17035 US Unknown Sell This Version
A-346 Herbert L. Clarke - The Bride Of The Waves album art Herbert L. Clarke The Bride Of The Waves(Shellac, 7", S/Sided) Improved Record A-346 US Unknown Sell This Version
16546 Herbert L. Clarke - Kiss Waltz (Il Bacio) / See The Pale Moon album art Charles Capper / Herbert L. Clarke - Emil Keneke Charles Capper / Herbert L. Clarke - Emil Keneke - Kiss Waltz (Il Bacio) / See The Pale Moon(Shellac, 10") Victor 16546 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

S450 Herbert L. Clarke - Cornet Solos album art Herbert L. Clarke, Sousa's Band, Victor Orchestra* Herbert L. Clarke, Sousa's Band, Victor Orchestra* - Cornet Solos(LP, Comp, Gat) Crystal Records (5) S450 US 1979 Sell This Version
CD450 Herbert L. Clarke - Cornet Soloist Of The Sousa Band album art Herbert L. Clarke, Sousa's Band, Victor Orchestra* Herbert L. Clarke, Sousa's Band, Victor Orchestra* - Cornet Soloist Of The Sousa Band(CD, Comp) Crystal Records (5) CD450 US 1996 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

1962 Herbert L. Clarke - Bride Of The Waves album art Herbert L. Clarke Bride Of The Waves(Cyl, 4min) Edison Blue Amberol Record 1962 US 1913 Sell This Version