"When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band to France"
Sheet music cover, 1918
Song
Written1918
Songwriter(s)Edgar Leslie, Cliff Hess, Alfred Bryan

"When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band to France" is a World War I era song written by Alfred Bryan, Cliff Hess, and Edgar Leslie in 1918. The song was performed by Marion Harris and released as a single by Victor Records in June 1918.[1][2]

Sheet music

Albert Barbelle provided the cover illustration for the sheet music, which features a drawing of a marching band. Belle Baker is featured in the photograph inset.[3]

Reception

Marion Harris' performance of When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band to France reached number four on the US song charts in 1918.[4][nb 1]

Notes

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's methodology for creating pre-1940s chart placings has been criticised,[5] and they should not be taken as definitive.

References

  1. ^ "Browse All Recordings - When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France, Take 5 (1918-06-18) - National Jukebox LOC.gov". loc.gov.
  2. ^ "When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France". pritzkermilitary.org.
  3. ^ Tyler, Don (2016). Music of the First World War. ABC-CLIO. p. 202. ISBN 9781440839962.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories: 1890-1954. Record Research. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  5. ^ "Joel Whitburn criticism: chart fabrication, misrepresentation of sources, cherry picking", Songbook