Ragtime Music

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  • Ben Harney "Originates" Ragtime

    Ben Harney "Originates" Ragtime
    At Tony Pastor's Vaudeville House in New York the white vaudeville performer Ben Harney sang songs and piano music based on African American music he had heard in the midwest. He called this music "ragtime" and billed himself as the "originator of ragtime" His first "ragtime song" was called "You're A Good Old Wagon But You Done Broke Down"
  • Mississippi Rag published

    Mississippi Rag published
    widely regarded as the first instrumental ragtime work, composed by white bandleader William H Krell and published by Brainard & Co. in New York.
  • Harlem Rag

    Harlem Rag
    First piano rag by an African American Composer, by Tom Turpin, of St. Louis. Turpin went on to become a prominant figure in Midwestern ragtime
  • Hello Ma Baby

    Hello Ma Baby
    This ragtime song has had a long and varied life. Its opening stanza "Hello ma baby, hello ma darlin', hello my ragtime gal" is still widely recognized through its use in Warner Bros. cartoons
  • I'm Certainly Living A Ragtime Life

    I'm Certainly Living A Ragtime Life
    Song by Robert Roberts that captures not only the spirit of the music but the entire "ragtime lifestyle"
  • Give My Regards to Broadway

    Give My Regards to Broadway
    popular song by white vaudeville composer/performer George M Cohan
  • Black and White Rag

    Black and White Rag
    Instrumental ragtime composition by George Botsford, a white composer working in New York City. It became one of the most popular and long-lived works of instrumental ragtime, even being featured in a video game in the 1980s.
  • Alexanders Ragtime Band

    Alexanders Ragtime Band
    composed by Irving Berlin in 1911 and his first big hit, the piece actually features almost no syncopation. As Eubie Blake pointed out, "Its not even a rag"
  • That International Rag

    That International Rag
    Composed by Irving Berlin, the lyrics comment on ragtime's international popularity. The melody itself is only nominally syncopated.
    "London dropped its dignity
    So has France and Germany
    All hands are dancing to a
    Raggedy melody full of originality"
  • "The Memphis Blues" published

    "The Memphis Blues" published
    W.C. Handy's first published blues, subtitled as "A Southern Rag"
  • "Jelly Roll Blues"

    "Jelly Roll Blues"
    by Ferd "Jelly Roll" Morton
  • Bugle Call Rag

    Bugle Call Rag
    Eubie Blake and Carey Morgan
  • "Tiger Rag"

    "Tiger Rag"
    recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1914, with the band members credited as composers.
  • First Jazz Recording

    First Jazz Recording
    The first Jazz recording, by name was "Livery Stable Blues", recorded
  • "When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band To France

    "When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band To France
    written by Alfred Bryan, Cliff Hess, and Edgar Leslie, this ragtime song bases its popularity on 1910's "Alexanders Ragtime Band"
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    ragtime existed long before it had a name. As long as African-Americans added Afrocentric musical concepts to European music, the basic elements for ragtime were in place. Often existing dance forms as the jig, scottische and polka were given a syncopated treatment in performance, anticipating ragtime in style if not in print
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    Louis Moreau Gottschalk

    America's first native-born piano virtuoso. Born in New Orleans and educated in Paris, his music drew heavily on folk themes, especially the syncopated creole music he heard growing up. Many of his concert works, such as "The Banjo" dramatically anticipate ragtime.