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Thomas H. Lodge was born in Lymansville, Rhode Island, to British father Edward Lodge and his wife Joanna Lynch, a Maryland native of Irish descent. He was the oldest of four brothers and one older sister. His siblings included Annie(8/1883), Edward A. (1885), Lyman Alfred (1/1891) and Walter (5/1898). Thomas took well to the piano, and was able to find employment after high school selling pianos. Lodge was married in 1906 to Sarah Agnes Mackie, and they had a child, Mary Frances.
In 1909, Temptation Rag was published, and quickly became a hit. It received accolades not only in the trades and the press, but from his peers as well. One such mention appeared in the New York Clipper in early 1910:
Mike Bernard, that “Wizard of the Piano,” has in his repertory several numbers that possess excellent qualities. Noticeable among these is Henry Lodge’s “Temptation Rag.” The success of this number is remarkable, and fully supports its appropriate title, “Temptation,” for it is positively one of the most tempting numbers that has yet been given the public…
Temptation Rag was soon followed by Sure Fire and Red Pepper, A Spicy Rag, were also popular sellers.
In the early 1920s, Lodge started working with an orchestra in wealthy Palm Beach, Florida. During that time he remarried to Irene Lodge of Boston, Massachusetts, 18 years his junior, and had three more children, Sally, Theodore and Arthur. He lived in Boston from around 1924 to 1927, and was back in Manhattan in 1928. There was still song output with various lyricists, in part due to his contract with Witmark. When sound came to the movies around 1928, it was clear that the center of the music and movie business was going to quickly shift to the left, out to Hollywood. So he followed.
Thomas Henry Lodge unexpectedly died in Palm Beach just days after his 49th birthday. Over the next two decades his Temptation Rag would grow in popularity until it became one of the more frequently recorded rags of the 1950s ragtime revival.