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Roy Bargy (1894-1974)Roy Bargy (1894-1974)Pianist Roy Bargy (July 31, 1894 – January 16, 1974) got his professional start accompanying films in silent movie houses in Toledo, Ohio

In 1919 he moved to Chicago and was hired by Charley Straight at the Imperial Piano Roll Company. Bargy’s job was to edit piano rolls and to write his own ragtime and novelty pieces for publication on piano roll.

Bargy made his first record with Charley Straight and Paul Biese in 1919 as the Imperial Three. In 1921 Bargy left Imperial and became the musical director of the Benson Orchestra of Chicago until 1922. He joined the Isham Jones and his Orchestra sometime after that.

Roy Bargy in king of jazz
Roy Bargy at the piano in Paul Whiteman‘s King of Jazz.

He took over the piano chair in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in 1928 and eventually became second in command within the band. Bargy continued to work with Whiteman until 1940.

In 1940 Bargy was very active in radio as a conductor. He led bands for the studio orchestras of Lanny Ross, Xavier Cugat and Gerry Moore. In 1943 he was hired as Jimmy Durante’s musical director and stayed with Jimmy for the next twenty years.

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Imperial Three Benson Orchestra of Chicago

Roy Bargy (1894-1974)

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Jim-Jams
(No. 7 from “Piano Syncopations”)

(Roy Bargy)
3-18-1924 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19537-B
Justin-Tyme
(No. 2 from “Piano Syncopations”)

(Roy Bargy)
3-18-1924 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19537-A
K’nice and K’nifty
(No. 6 from “Piano Syncopations”)

(Roy Bargy in collaboration with Charley Straight)
8-31-1922 Camden, New Jersey Victor
18969-B
Pianoflage
(No. 4 from “Piano Syncopations”)

(Roy Bargy)
8-31-1922 Camden, New Jersey Victor
18969-A
Rufenreddy
(Roy Bargy / Charley Straight)
3-18-1924 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19320-B
Sunshine Capers
(Roy Bargy)
3-18-1924 Camden, New Jersey Victor
19320-A

 

piano rolls

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Flapperette
(Jesse Greer)
Chicago, Illinois Ampico
68421-E
In The Land Of Rice And Tea
(Charley Straight / Paul Biese)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
9999
Jim Jams
(Roy Bargy)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
Justin-Tyme
(Roy Bargy)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
Knice and Knifty
(Roy Bargy / Charley Straight)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
Knice and Knifty
(Roy Bargy / Charley Straight)
1922 Chicago, Illinois Melodee
Omeomy
(Roy Bargy)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
513980
Pianoflage
(Roy Bargy)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
Rufenreddy
(Roy Bargy / Charley Straight)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
Rufenreddy
(Roy Bargy / Charley Straight)
1922 Chicago, Illinois Melodee
Slipova
(Roy Bargy)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
Sunshine Capers
(Roy Bargy)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
Venetian Moon
(Magini / Goldberg)
1920 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
91000
Wang Wang Blues
(Gus Meuller / Bert Johnson / Henry Busse)
1921 Chicago, Illinois Imperial
91284

Roy Bargy (1894-1974)

Title Director Year
King Of Jazz John Murray Anderson 1930

 

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