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"Perfessor" Bill Edwards Guide to Ragtime and Traditional Jazz Composers

This guide is designed to provide anything from condensed biographies of well known ragtime composers to fairly comprehensive ones with as much known data as possible on lesser known composers, some of who have never had much of anything written on them in the past. Each biography here was written from scratch by myself, Bill Edwards, based on original research, and each includes that composer's known repertoire of both published and unpublished tunes. Some of the larger biographies are not always complete, as there are many outstanding detailed books on some composers collectively and individually. They are meant to provide more insight for the ragtime novice, or perhaps a quick reference or new point of view for those well versed in the genre. In the case of songs or collaborations, other people are noted in brackets [ ] or through numbers with a key listed at the end. The dates listed are either known dates of composition, copyright or publication, except where noted. Some of these represent the only current resource available on certain composers. For further information I may suggest certain reference sources, and for an overall view of good references currently available or tucked away in your local library, please check out my Bibliography and Sources page. I am not trying to duplicate the efforts of anybody else, just enhance some of what is already available in a concise and easy to access format. Comments are always welcome. More complete reference sources for any particular point are available by request. Please inform me if you intend to quote any of these articles in part or in full, and make sure there is proper attribution out of respect for my time and financial investment in the research on these individuals.
Clifford Adams Bernard Adler Nat D. Ayer George Barnard Harry Belding
Theron C. Bennett Irving Berlin Mike Bernard Leon M. Block Blind Boone
George Botsford Euday Bowman A. Seymour Brown Brun Campbell Hughie Cannon
Axel Christensen Edward B. Claypoole George L. Cobb Charles Cohen Glover Compton
Thomas R. Confare Les Copeland Cecil Duane Crabb Ford Dabney Charles N. Daniels
Homer Denney Will Donaldson Willie Eckstein H. Engelmann James Reese Europe
Harry Fischler Malvin M. Franklin Lucian Porter Gibson Howard M. Githens Jack Glogau
R.G. Grady Albert Gumble Mose Gumble F.A. Guttenberger Harry P. Guy
Robert Hampton Ben Harney Will Held Fred Heltman Abe Holzmann
Charles Humfeld Charles Hunter Herbert Ingraham Fred Irvin Tony Jackson
Harry Jentes Nat Johnson Joe Jordan Mel B. Kaufman Frank C. Keithley
E. Harry Kelly Edwin F. Kendall Lloyd Kidwell F. Henri Klickmann William H. Krell
Jean-Baptiste Lafrenière J. Bodewalt Lampe Julius Lenzberg Sid Le Protti Harry J. Lincoln
Thomas H. Lodge Frank H. Losey Herbert B. Marple Al Marzian W.R. McKanlass
Kerry Mills Harry H. Mincer Melville Morris Will B. Morrison Theodore H. Northrup
Joseph C. Northup Abe Olman E.T. Paull Al Piantadosi Harold Pinder
W.C. Polla Phil Porter Paul Pratt Arthur Pryor Luckey Roberts
Jay Roberts Clarence H. St. John Henry S. Sawyer Archie W. Scheu Jean Schwartz
E. Philp Severin Arthur Sizemore Chris Smith Maurice K. Smith Ted Snyder
Etilmon J. Stark Fred S. Stone Wilbur Sweatman Charles Thompson Will Tyers
Egbert Van Alstyne Albert Von Tilzer Harry Von Tilzer Percy Wenrich Clarence Wiley
Gus Winkler Clarence Woods Calvin Lee Woolsey Frank Wooster J.S. Zamecnik

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For Me and My Gal Meet Me In St. Louis
In the Good Old Summertime Take Me Out to the Ball Game
The Jolson Story Jolson Sings Again
Cheaper by the Dozen San Francisco
Somewhere in Time Titanic (1953)
The Other Pretty Baby
42nd Street Reds
The Son of Kong Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
Cheyenne Social Club The Shootist
How To Dance Through Time - Dances of the Ragtime Era

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