One of the great things about HBO's fantastic prohibition gangster series, Boardwalk Empire, is the music. There's just something about those turn of the century pieces that still endures nearly 100 years later. I wanted to track down the original artists for myself, and decided to share those pieces found with anyone else who had an interest in the period music used on the show. Presented here are the pieces as performed by the original artists unless otherwise noted. If I couldn't find the original pieces used on the show I tried to find other popular recording artists of the day's version, all songs are period accurate so far as I am aware and are in the public domain.

I decided not to include the classical pieces as I really only wanted to focus on music of that period. So you won't find those here and they are readily available elsewhere, though they are listed for completion's sake. You will also not find the opening theme, the fantastic Straight Up and Down by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. I suggest you purchase their amazing work for yourself and support this modern and active band.

Note that for the most part these were recorded from music players of the day; gramophones, wax cylinders, victrolas and the like, so the sound quality is not as clear as we are used to today. There might be some grinding or interference. These pieces were taken from either youtube or The Internet Archive. Track listings listed as mostly complete are probably as complete as they are going to get.


UPDATES:
October 17, 2011 - Partial track list for episode 1.
October 17, 2011 - Partial track list for episode 2.
October 27, 2011 - Complete (minus 1 rarity) track list for episode 1 available for dowload.
March 17, 2012 - Episode 1 track list complete. Good Morning Judge added, better quality file of Some of these days replaces old.
March 18, 2012 - Track listings for episodes 3 - 6, research and complete track lists for episode 2 & 3 complete with available downloads.
March 07, 2013 - Complete track list for episode 4 for download.
June 12, 2013 - Complete track list for episode 5 available for download.


episodes 1 - 6 || episodes 7 - 12 || episodes 13 - 18 || episodes 19 - 24 || episodes 25 - 30 || episodes 31 - 36

Episode 1: Boardwalk Empire (complete)
Song Title Artist Year Notes
So long Oolong (How long you gonna be gone?) Frank Crumit 1920 The music actually used in the episode was by the Seabreeze Park Wurlitzer Band Organ.
Battle Hymn of the Republic Julia Ward Howe 1861 A classic piece popular during the American Civil War. Not included.
Livery Stable Blues Original Dixieland "Jass" Band 1917 The episode piece was a medley performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. This is a period accurate recording.
Taps General Dan Butterfield 1835 Originally known as the "Scott Tattoo". More information on wikipedia. Not included.
Tiger Rag Devines Wisconsin Roof Orch 1927 The episode piece was a medley performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. This is a period accurate recording.
Fascination Waltz Joseph C. Smith Orchestra 1917 Originally written by Fermo Dante Marchetti in 1905, this waltz was popularized by the 1957 movie, Love in the Afternoon.
Tenting in the Old Campground Walter Kittredge 1863 A popular piece during the American Civil War. Not included.
Some of these days Sophie Tucker 1911 Complete version with better quality of sound added 03.18.2012.
By the waters of the Minnetonka Zez Confrey 1927 Found via youtube, played by a player piano.
Good Morning Judge Sophie Tucker 1911
Don't take away those blues Frank Crumit Unknown Piece used in the episode was originally sung by Flo Bert.
An Old Fashioned Garden Olive Kline 1917
Avalon Al Jolson 1920
Sunset Medley: A bunch of Blues/Babes in the Woods W. G. Haenschen & T. T. Schiffer 1916
I never knew I had a wonderful wife (until the town went dry) Eddie Cantor 1919 The version used in the episode is reported to be sung by the actor of Eddie Cantor, Stephen DeRosa. This is the real Eddie Cantor.
Episode 2: The Ivory Tower (mostly complete)
Song Title Artist Year Notes
Air on the G String (from Suite No. 3 in D) Johann Sebastian Bach 1723 Classical piece composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Not included.
Onward Christian Soldier Arthur Sullivan 1871 Words written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865, put to music by Arthur Sullivan in 1871. Not included.
That thing called love Zez Confrey 1919
Shepherd's Dance (from the Pipes of Pan) Edward Elgar 1900 An original poem by Adrian Ross, set to music by master composer Edward Elgar. I am having a hell of a time finding a recording of it. The search goes on.
Pretty Baby Harry Macdonough and the Orpheus Quartet 1916 Episode piece was performed by Peter Mintun
Recollections of Alzaga Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Unknown I could find no information about this piece.
Alte Kameraden Carl Teike 1889 This is a German Military March. The version used in the episode was performed by a De Leeuwin Street Organ.
Pekin Rag Joe Jordan Unknown Episode piece was performed by Ehud Asherie.
After the Ball George J. Gaskin 1893 The episode version was performed on a Wurlitzer Organ.
Collegiate Rhythm Keith Nichols Unknown Possibly the piece Louisiana off Keith Nichols' album Collegiate Rhythm.
Lovie Joe Arthur Collins 1910 Episode piece was performed by Ehud Asherie.
Temptation Rag Palais De Danse Orchestra 1912 The episode piece was performed on the Darling "Madam Laura " 87 Key Gavioli Fair Organ.
Venetian Nights Unknown Unknown Possibly Lagoon Waltz, Op. 411 from A Night in Venice by Johann Strauss II. Episode piece performed by Harry Lubin, possibly the same Harry Lubin who worked as the music composer for the televison show The Outer Limits.
Indiana Days Unknown Unknown Episode piece performed by Keith Nichols, a modern jazz musician. Possibly the song Indiana off his album Vintage Jazz Play-Along Vol. 2.
By the light of the silvery Moon Billy Murray & Haydon Quartet 1910
Episode 3: Broadway Limited (complete)
Song Title Artist Year Notes
Eternal Peace Newman Wolsey 1910 Music in the episode performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Research suggests this is a piece written by Newman Wolsey in 1910, in memoriam of King Edward VII of Britain. I could not find a recording of this music.
Victory Parade Harry Bluestone Unknown Harry Bluestone was a famous British violinist who composed music for television and movies. Most probably a British song from World War I. A live version can be found on iTunes performed by The McCalmans. Lyrics here.
String Quarter in G minor, Op. 74.3 Jospeh Haydn 1793 Also known as "The Rider" or "The Horseman". Not included.
The dumber they come, the better I like 'em Eddie Cantor 1923 Episode recording by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks feat. Stephen DeRosa. This is again, the real Eddie Cantor. You can see Eddie perform the song in this short from 1923: here.
The Blue Danube Johann Strauss II 1866 Composed by Johann Strauss II, original title An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314. Not included.
The Japanese Sandman Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra 1920
When my Baby smiles at me Henry Burr 1920 Episode recording was performed by Ted Lewis & His Jazz Band. Found via youtube.
Marine's Hymn/Over There Henry Burr & the Peerless Quartet 1917 Episode piece played by a Wurlitzer 153 organ. This version performed by the ever popular Henry Burr and the Peerless Quartet.
Eternal Peace Newman Wolsey 1910 Repeat from earlier in the episode, see above.
Episode 4: Anastasia (mostly complete)
Song Title Artist Year Notes
I'll see you in C-U-B-A Jack Kaufman 1920 Episode piece performed by Billy Murray.
Under the Double Eagle 71st Regiment Band 1893 Episode piece performed by Gypsy Rose. Composed by Josef Wagner. This is from an 1899 Edison wax cylinder recording.
Whippoorwhill Dance Rick Benjamin 1921 Episode piece performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, composed by Joe Jordan.
K-k-k-katy Billy Murray 1918
By the Pyramids The Happy Six 1924 Found via youtube.
Waltz No. 12 in F Minor Dubravka Tomsic 1855 Composed by Chopin. Dubravka Tomsic is a modern pianist. This piece is not included.
I'll see you in C-U-B-A Billy Murray 1920 Repeat from earlier in the episode, see above.
Love Song Orientale Vince G & the NH Performed in the episode while Lucky watches Gillian's show. Not sure if an original composition or not. The search continues.
Clarinet Marmalade Blues Original Dixieland Jazz Band 1918 Episode piece performed by Vince Giordano and the Night Hawks.
The Wild Rose when Sweet Sixteen Victor Herbert 1910 This is the song The Wild Rose from the Song Play When Sweet Sixteen, composed in 1910. I could find no recording of this piece, however, the sheet music is scanned here.
Broadway Rose Harry Raderman's Jazz Orchestra 1920 Episode piece performed by Vince Giordano and the Night Hawks.
In my sweet little alice blue gown (Irene) Edith Day 1920 Episode piece performed by Vince Giordano and the Night Hawks and featuring the vocal talents of Amber Edwards.
Take your time Katherine Henderson 1927 Episode piece peformed by Ehud Ashrie.
My Wild Irish Rose Ernest Davis 1922 Composed by Chancellor Olcott in 1899 for his play A Romance of Athlone. Episode piece performed by the "Katy-Lou" Wurlitzer 153 organ.
Whippoorwhill Dance Paragon Ragtime Orchestra 1921 Repeat from earlier in the episode, see above.
Dance Exotique (from The Bal Masque) Wilson Smith 1919 Composed as cue music for the silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in 1919. Episode piece performed by Vince Giordano and the Night Hawks. I could find no recordings, but the copyright information can be viewed here. The actual movie can be viewed here.
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life Richard Crooks 1928 From the 1910 operetta, Naughty Marietta. The episode piece was performed by Dave Arch.
Pretty Kitty Kelly Charles Harrison 1920
Episode 5: Nights in Ballygran (complete)
Song Title Artist Year Notes
They didn't believe me Walter Van Brunt and Gladys Rice 1915 The piece was composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Herbert Reynolds for the 1914 play The Girl from Utah. The episode piece was performed by pianist Peter Mintun.
Magnetic Rag Scott Joplin 1914 Composed by Scott Joplin, the episode piece was performed by Jonathan Starkey.
Minstrel Boy/Danny Boy Stewart Lerman A melody of two Irish Ballads, The Minstrel Boy, composed sometime after 1798 by Thomas Moore. It was popular during the American Civil War and then wildly so during the first World War. Danny Boy was composed in 1910, and then set to the melody of Londonderry Air in 1913, by Frederic Weatherly. Not included.
Roddy McCorley Ethna Carbery 1898 The ballad was composed by Anna Johnston in 1898, under the pen name Ethna Carbery. I could not find a period accurate version. The episode piece was performed by the Regina Mandolin Orchestra.
I'll be with you in Apple Blossom Time Charles Harrison 1920 The episode piece was performed by Albert Campbell.
Sugar Baby Gregoire Nakchounian Russian North Star Orchestra 1928 The episode piece was performed by Jonathan Starkey. This was a little confusing to research as there are several songs of the period named Sugar Baby or some close variant thereof. I am presenting a piece from the period named Sugar Baby. The Jonathan Starkey piece/version can be heard here.
Carrickfergus/Garryowen Carrickfergus is a traditional Irish folksong whose origins remain somewhat clouded. The original Gaelic lyrics are bawdy and humorous, while the English lyrics are nostalgic and sorrowful. Garryowen is an 18th century drinking song from Limerick. The episode piece was performed by John Treacy Egan and the cast. Not included.
Wall St. Rag Scott Joplin 1914 The episode piece was performed by Jonathan Starkey.
Carrickfergus Loudon Wainwright III See above.
Episode 6: Family Limitation
Song Title Artist Year Notes
American Patrol Gypsy Queen
La Seduccion Vince G
Ben Hur Chariot Race Wurlitzer 157
Fatty's Fiance Robert Viger
Palm Leaf Rag Jonathan Starkey
Toyland Peter Mintun & Grace Paradise
Memories/Kiss me Again Peter Mintun & Grace Paradise
Das Kommt Vom Rudern Jan Rap
A Real slow drag Scott Joplin
Whipporwill Dance Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Trombone Chutney Henry Davies
A Good man is hard to find Ehud Ashrie
String Quartet in G. Minor, Op. 74.3
That Jazz Dance W.C. Handy's Orchestra of Memphis
Sweet Mama (Papa's Getting Mad) Original Dixieland Jazz Band
The Japanese Sandman Lauren Sharp
Barcarolle R. Nathaniel Dett
The Japanese Sandman Nora Bayes

episodes 1 - 6 || episodes 7 - 12 || episodes 13 - 18 || episodes 19 - 24 || episodes 25 - 30 || episodes 31 - 36

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