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Stage Name

Birth Name

Joseph Smith

Joseph Cyrus Smith

      His Parents were George Smith an estate property salesman from Russia and his mother Fanny (or Fannie) Davis, was from Austria. Joseph loved music and would work as a Musician in his younger life. He became fascinated with dance along the way, especially the new dances such as the Tango, Apache and Foxtrot in the early 1900s to mid teens. Due to what he felt was a lack of "Sweet and Peppy Musical arrangements for the modern dances" he used his music background to create a better music for the dances.

      This was unusual for a band leader in those days as most couldn't dance worth their salt. It paved the way for many to follow like another Orchestra leader and dancer Victor Sylvester or the later Cab Calloway, Ina Ray Hutton and even later Michael Jackson, etc., but most dancer/musicians that tried failed at doing it and/ or hired their own band or dancers

 

To back them up in Smith's time as well as today. It was not a bad idea and a very good gimmick as well for Smith as he had the talent and ambition to do both. However with all dancers, aging can kill your dance popularity, but not the music/song... So as he aged it became more "back to song" than dance for him.

      On some of his sheet music or dance flyers you can see he performed the dance as well s wrote the songs for it. He was not the first, the only, or the last person to do this, but his music was more popular than most of those who did it at the time but would be remembered for his music more than his dances over time and the dance side would be probably forgot about as well if he didn't have a few high profile females partners.

      It has been written that it was he and Francis Demerest who introduced the Tango to the United States, danced the Apache dance with Louise Alexander as well as promoting new dances of the time. Since a new era was emerging in dance forms, Smith would become a musical pioneer as well as a dancer ( Similar to Perry Bradford) helping to displace the marching bands with 'dance bands' by creating his own dance Orchestra ( Joseph C. Smith Orchestra and also known as The Joseph C. Smith Trio and finally the Joseph C. Smith and His Mount Royal Hotel Orchestra).

      Smith's Orchestra began recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company on September 25, 1916 and Brunswick around 1923. Mr. Smith had been an important factor in Metropolitan dancing circles. Smith paved the way for Paul Whiteman and Isham Jones Orchestra's, and others of the 1920's. Joseph C. Smith's music was to became out of fashion though by February 1922 but he is remembered as his arrangements show his attempts to jazz up the banal dance tunes of his time.

      The 1915 movie entitled 'the Apaches of Paris' portray him dancing the infamous Apache dance with Laura Hamilton. Smith lost his savings in the Wall Street crash of 1929 and spent his last years in Florida. Around 1923 he moved to Montreal, Canada and played at the Mount Royal Hotel. His last known recording is dated 1925 under the name "Joseph C. Smith and His Mount Royal Orchestra". Moved from New York to Miami Florida in 1945 and called it home. Joseph C. Smith, 81, of 1048 Alton Rd., Miami Beach died at his home on Monday 3/22/1965. His wife was his only survivor.


Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Sag Harbour, New York 1878 - 3/22/1965 Margaret Lynch None known
D. Florida                  

Dance Types

Youtube Video Clip

A few Music Titles (Most Songs are Public Domain)

Apache Dance
Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window)
1916 - Havanola ( Listed as foxtrot)
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1919 - The Vamp! ( Listed as foxtrot)
Ballet Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) 1916 - Money Blues
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1920 - Alice Blue Gown
Le Belle Argentine Tango Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) 1916 - Songs of the Night
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1920 - Oriental Stars ( Great Violin)
Maxixe Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) 1917 - Evensong Waltz
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1921 - Love Nest, the
Mime
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1917 - Fascination Waltz
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1921 - Salomay
Tango Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) 1917 - Get Off My Foot
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1921 - Why Dear
 
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1917 - Poor Butterfly
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1922 - Come On Papa ( Foxtrot Medley)
 
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1917 - Tulip Time ( Listed as Medley Foxtrot)
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1922 - 3 O'clock in the Morning
     
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1917 - Waltz from Drigo's Serenade
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1922 - Lolo Lo ( Listed as foxtrot)

Dance Partners

Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) 1918 - Dodola Waltz
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1922 - While Miami Dreams
Francis Demerest Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) 1918 - Missouri Waltz Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) 1923 - De Cinq a Sept
?Francis Deforest?
Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window)
1918 - N' Everything
Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window)
1923 - If I Can't Get The Sweetie I Want
Laura Hamilton
Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window)
1918 - Naughty Waltz, the Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) 1923 - Un Tango Dans La Nuit
Louise Alexander
Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window)
1918 - Smiles
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1924 - Driftwood
     
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1918 - Tears ( Mummy of Mine)
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1925 - Rockin' the Boat
     
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1918 - Yellow Dog Blues Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Calicoco
     
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1919 - Hindustan
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Karavan
     
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1919 - Lovely Summertime Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Kiss a Miss (Waltz)
     
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1919 - Mammy's Lullabye ( Listed as Waltz) Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Le Belle Tango ( W/ Demerest)
     
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1919 - Mary ( Listed as foxtrot) Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) My Dough Boy
     
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1919 - Out Of The East Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Once in a While
     
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1919 - Rainy Dya Blues Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Patches
     
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1919 - Tell Me ( Listed as foxtrot) Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Romance (Waltz)
      Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Oh! Frenchy / Me-ow (One Step)
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Taxi (listed as One Step)
      Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Seduccion/alma de Bohemio (Tango) Youtube Video clip of this song (pop-up window) Un Tango Dans La Nuit

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Jardin de Danse (as dancer) Circle Theater (1908) A Thousand Years Ago (1914)
Palace Hotel (NYC - His Orchestra) Shubert Theater (1914) Alaskan, the (Chor - 1907)
      Knickerbocker Theater (1907) All For the Ladies
      New Amsterdam Theater (1904) Humpty Dumpty (1904)
        Queen of the Moulin Rouge (1908)
            Ziegfeld Follies (Chor - 1907)

Films

Television

Other

1915 - The Apaches of Paris n/a The Tango and other Up to Date Dances (1914)
     

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