The Sting Ragtime

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Tune of the Day: The Entertainer

The soundtrack to the Paul Newman-Robert Redford blockbuster The Sting popularized Scott Joplin's classic ragtimes for a new generation, thanks to Marvin Hamlisch's ingenious arrangements and orchestrations. Joplin's brilliance takes the forefront, which is the way it should be, but it's easy to underestimate what Hamlisch achieved with his.

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  1. Joplin was the decisive ragtime composer, the one whose musical imagination gave ragtime its finest expression. And in the Maple Leaf Rag (named for a short-lived Sedalia social club), he gave the genre its iconic masterpiece.
  2. Discover releases, reviews, track listings, recommendations, and more about Marvin Hamlisch - The Sting (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) at Discogs. Complete your Marvin Hamlisch collection. Country: US. Genre: Jazz, Stage & Screen. Style: Soundtrack, Ragtime.
“A Ragtime Two Step” by Scott Joplin

Probably Scott Joplin's most famous piece, this classic piano rag was written in 1902. It returned to top international prominence as part of the ragtime revival in the 1970s, when it was used as the theme music for the 1973 Oscar-winning film The Sting. Composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation reached #3 on the Billboard pop chart in 1974 and spent a week at #1 on the adult contemporary chart that same year.

Curiously enough, the film The Sting was set in the 1930s, a full generation after the end of ragtime's mainstream popularity.

In the United States, 'The Entertainer' is also commonly played by ice cream trucks, in order to attract attention.

Performance Credits

The Sting Ragtime Music

Paul NewmanHenry Gondorff/Mr. Shaw
Robert RedfordJohnny Hooker/Kelly
Robert ShawDoyle Lonnegan
Charles DurningLt. William Snyder
Ray WalstonSingleton
Eileen BrennanBillie
Robert Earl JonesLuther Coleman
Charles DierkopFloyd
Lee PaulBodyguard
Sally KirklandCrystal
Avon LongBenny Garfield
Arch JohnsonCombs
Ed BakeyGranger
Brad SullivanCole
John QuadeRiley
Larry D. MannTrain Conductor
Leonard BarrBurlesque Comedian
Paulene MyersAlva Coleman
Joe TornatoreBlack-Gloved Gunman
Jack CollinsDuke Boudreau
Tom SpratleyCurly Jackson
Kenneth O'BrienGreer
Ken SansomWestern Union Executive
William BenedictRoulette Dealer
James J. SloyanMottola
Harold GouldKid Twist
John HeffernanNiles
Dana ElcarFBI Agent
Jack KehoeErie Kid
Dimitra ArlissLoretta Salino
Scott JoplinPiano Rags

The Sting Ragtime Piano

The Sting Ragtime

Technical Credits
George Roy HillDirector
Tony BillProducer
Henry BumsteadArt Director
Robert L. CrawfordProducer
Ray GosnellAsst. Director
Marvin HamlischScore Composer,Screenwriter
Edith HeadCostumes/Costume Designer
James W. PayneSet Decoration/Design
Julia PhillipsProducer
Michael PhillipsProducer
Ronald PierceSound/Sound Designer
William H. ReynoldsEditor
Robert SurteesCinematographer
David S. WardScreenwriter
Bob WarnerSpecial Effects
Ernest B. WehmeyerProduction Manager
Albert J. WhitlockSpecial Effects
Richard D. ZanuckProducer