Ragtime Hits

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  1. Ragtime Hits

During the height of the honky tonk piano craze during the 1950s, veteran jazz musicians were recorded under various pseudonyms as they played battered upright instruments with the felt pretty much worn off the hammers. This CD compilation, issued by Signal Sounds, was a labor of love for reissue producer Bill Edwards, who loved the original records and did his best to restore them while using LPs in place of the lost vinyl masters. Considering these limitations and the condition of the pianos, he did an excellent job. This collection compiles two unrelated LPs. Knuckles O'Toole, the pianist on the first 17 tracks, is none other than Dick Hyman, accompanied by an unknown rhythm section consisting of banjo, bass, and drums. The music consists of a mixture of turn of the century popular songs, ragtime, marches, and novelty piano works. Most of the songs have long been forgotten, though Hyman has continued to perform Zez Confrey's 'Stumbling' and 'Kitten on the Keys' for decades after these recordings were made, both of which sound even more humorous on honky tonk piano than a regular grand piano. Hyman also composed two authentic-sounding rags under the pseudonym J. Gaines. The remaining tracks are all vocal numbers, with a lead female singer under the pseudonym Bridey O'Toole joined by a male chorus, honky tonk piano, and rhythm section. The jazz content of this material is minimal, though the unidentified singer comes across as sincere and stays on pitch. Those born after 1960 are less likely to be familiar with these songs, as they have pretty much fallen out of favor with all but strictly traditional jazz bands.

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Musicians who are notable for their playing of ragtime music include (in alphabetical order):

Ragtime was the first truly American musical genre, predating jazz. It began as dance music in the red-light districts of American cities such as St. Louis and New Orleans years before being published as popular sheet music for piano. Musicians who are notable for their playing of ragtime music include (in alphabetical order): This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources. Ragtime was everywhere by the early 1900s-in sheet music, piano rolls, phonograph records, and ragtime piano playing contests, as well as in music boxes, vaudeville theaters, and bordellos. Publishing houses churned out piano rags and ragtime songs at a furious pace. Ragtime also appeared in arrangements for orchestras and wind bands. Hits of the Ragtime Era. Pop music comes and goes, but some songs from over 100 years ago are just as fresh in the mind as the day they were written. The Entertainer, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, St. Louis Blues, and Ballin’ the Jack are still familiar, but even when they first hit the scene, these songs were recognized as having something special. We’ll take a look at some of the songs that captivated the public and how their popularity continued into the present, and we’ll also share.

  • William Albright (1944-1998)
  • John Arpin (1936–2007)
  • Winifred Atwell (1914–1983)
  • Mary Aufderheide (1888-1972)
  • Irving Berlin (1901–1989)
  • Mike Bernard (1881–1936)
  • Arthur 'Blind' Blake (1896-1934)
  • Eubie Blake (1887–1983)
  • William Bolcom (1938–)
  • Euday L. Bowman (1887-1949)
  • Lou Busch (1910–1979)
  • Jo Ann Castle (1939–)
  • Louis Chauvin (1881–1908)
  • Zez Confrey (1895–1971)
  • Ford Dabney (1883–1958)
  • James Reese Europe (1880–1919)
  • William Ezell (1892–1963)
  • Blind Leroy Garnett (1897–1933)
  • Gene Greene (1881–1930)
  • Ben Harney (1872–1938)
  • Ernest Hogan (1865–1909)
  • Dick Hyman (1927–)
  • Tony Jackson (1876–1921)
  • Chas. Johnson (1876-1950)
  • James P. Johnson (1894–1955)
  • Scott Joplin (1867–1917)
  • Sue Keller (1952–)
  • Joseph Lamb (1887–1960)
  • George Lewis (1900–1968)
  • Johnny Maddox (1927–2018)
  • Arthur Marshall, (1881-1968)
  • Artie Matthews (1888-1958)
  • Blind Willie McTell (1898-1959)
  • John Mooney (1955–)
  • Julia Lee Niebergall (1886-1968)
  • Jelly Roll Morton (1890–1941)
  • Vess Ossman (1868–1923)
  • Harry Reser (1896–1965)
  • David Thomas Roberts (1955–)
  • Wally Rose (1913–1997)
  • Joshua Rifkin (1944–)
  • James Scott (1885–1938)
  • Muggsy Spanier (1901–1967)
  • Charley Straight (1891–1940)
  • Adam G. Swanson (20?? - )
  • Wilbur Sweatman (1882–1961)
  • Charlie Tagawa (1935-2017)
  • Butch Thompson (1943-)
  • Tom Turpin (1871-1922)
  • Fred Van Eps (1913–1998)
  • Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002)
  • Terry Waldo (1944-)
  • Fats Waller (1904–1943)
  • Del Wood (1920–1989)
  • Dick Zimmerman (1937–)

See also[edit]

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