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Frank E. Banta

Frank E. Banta (1897–1969) was the son of pioneer recording pianist Frank P. Banta. He carried his father's name and legacy into the 1910s and 1920s as house piano accompanist for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Among the many ensembles he participated in were Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra, the Van Eps Trio and Quartet, the Club Royal Orchestra, and the Great White Way Orchestra. He also recorded as accompanist for Rudy Wiedoeft, Frank Crumit, and Henry Burr in addition to several piano solos. Banta was also part of The Eight Famous Victor Artists, the touring ensemble Victor created to promote its recordings.

The following recordings featuring Frank E. Banta are available in the National Jukebox:

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  Artist Role Title Description Primary Performer(s) Date
Instrumentalist - Piano Teasing the cat Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1916-12-20
Instrumentalist - Piano On the Dixie Highway Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1916-12-20
Instrumentalist - Piano Razzberries Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1917-08-13
Instrumentalist - Piano Ching-chong Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1917-08-13
Instrumentalist - Piano Chong Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra 1919-03-04
Instrumentalist - Piano Oh, my dear! Jazz/dance band Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra 1919-03-04
Instrumentalist - Piano So long Oo-long (how long you gonna be gone?) Instrumental quartet Van Eps Quartet 1920-06-15
Instrumentalist - Piano Patches Jazz/dance band Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra 1919-10-30
Instrumentalist - Piano Turkey in the straw medley Banjo solo, with piano Fred Van Eps 1920-09-22
Instrumentalist - Piano Ching-a-ling's jazz bazaar Jazz/dance band, with two pianos and male vocal Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra 1920-03-19