Bugle Call Rag

"Bugle Call Rag", also known as "Bugle Call Blues", is a jazz standard written by Jack Pettis, Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel. It was first recorded by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in 1922 as "Bugle Call Blues", although later renditions as well as the published sheet music and the song's copyright all used the title "Bugle Call Rag".


The New Orleans Rhythm Kings recorded "Bugle Call Rag" on August 29, 1922 in Richmond, Indiana for Gennett Records. The recording was released as a 78 single as Gennett 4967-B with "Discontented Blues" as the A side and as Starr 9304B as "Bugle Call Blues" as by the Friar's Society Orchestra with "Discontented Blues" as the A side.

Other recordings

The tune was popularized as a standard in renditions by Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. Duke Ellington, The Chocolate Dandies with Coleman Hawkins on the Saxophone, Ted Lewis, Cab Calloway, The Mills Brothers, Peanuts Hucko, Eddie Lang, Merle Travis, Bill Monroe, Nat Gonella, Syd Lawrence, Abe Lyman, Ray Noble, Earl Bostic, The Washingtonians, The Victor Military Band, Glen Gray, Meade Lux Lewis, Teddy Wilson, Johnny Dankworth, Muggsy Spanier, Harry Roy, Billy Butterfield, Doc Severinsen, Pete Fountain, Red Nichols, and Al Caiola.

Movie appearances

It appears in several Hollywood films, including Phil Spitalny and His Musical Queens (1934), The Big Broadcast of 1937, Orchestra Wives (1942), Stage Door Canteen (1943), The Benny Goodman Story (1956) and The Aviator (2004).