A Chicago native and child prodigy, Campbell-Tipton began publishing his songs at the age of 15 and he went on to study at the Leipzig Conservatory. After despairing of getting his songs published in America, he moved to Paris where he remained for the rest of his life.
Although a resident of Paris beginning in 1901, Louis Campbell-Tipton (1877–1921)was a native of Chicago. Convinced that his works could never be published or performed with popularity in the United States, he settled in Europe and focused on compositions on a smaller scale. His output is concentrated in songs, which were favorites of foreign singers on American recital tours and which make up his legacy today.