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Rare Rags: Free Sheet Music for Rare Ragtime Piano Compositions

Featuring hard to find ragtime piano sheet music

 

By Ted Tjaden

 

Set out below (A to Z by title) is a list of 94 rare rags or rare ragtime-era piano compositions available (for free) on this website that do not necessarily fall within one of the other topics or essays. By rare, I mean rags that are not already found online in any of the online resources for ragtime sheet music and which are not (easily) found in the standard print folios of ragtime music. The emphasis below is on instrumental rags (if looking for ragtime songs, please check the other essays on this site, depending on the topic).

I continue to scour eBay for rare ragtime sheet music and occasionally purchase photocopies of print sheet music from various libraries throughout the world. As I obtain copies of rare rags in the public domain, I will add them to this essay and add entries to the “What’s New” page so that readers know when new rare rags have been added.

Another source of rare rags (albeit in print)  is shown in an Excel spreadsheet listing 238 instrumental rags held by the University of Colorado at Boulder Music Library that are not yet digitized or easily available elsewhere.

 

Rare Ragtime Compositions

A Bashful Bachelor: Intermezzo
                                  Two Step Sheet Music Cover

A Bashful Bachelor: Intermezzo Two Step. Lawrence Ritchie. New York, NY: Jerome H Remick, 1905.

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Source:  Photocopy  [top]

A Bit O' Sunshine: Novelty Two
                                  Step Sheet Music Cover

A Bit O' Sunshine: Novelty Two Step. Daisy Allen. Kansas City, MO: Jones Publishing Co, undated.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Armadillo Rag Cover Sheet

Armadillo Rag. Clarence F Brown. Galveston, TX: Thomas Goggan & Brothers, 1911.

[view sheet music]  (also available here in Ragtime at the Zoo: Animal Rags)

Source: Copy provided by Michael Chisolm  [top]

Black & White Rag Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Black & White Rag. George Botsford. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1908.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Black Cat Rag Cover Sheet

Black Cat Rag. Lina Mumford. Grand Rapids, MI: Mumford & Co, 1901.

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Source: Digital copy from Michael Chisolm [top]

Black Wasp Rag: A Stinger Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Black Wasp Rag: A Stinger. HA Fischler (pseudonym for Harry J Lincoln). Williamsport, PA: Vandersloot Music Pub Co, 1911.

[view sheet music] (also available here in Ragtime at the Zoo: Animal Rags)

Source: Photocopy [top]

Blarney Kisses: Characteristic
                                  Irish Rag Sheet Music Cover

Blarney Kisses: Characteristic Irish Rag. Holmes Travis. Chicago, IL: ML Carlson, 1911.

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Source: Digital scan provided by a reader of this website [top]

Bob's Chili Rag Cover

Bob's Chili Rag
. Robert E Cleary. Spokane, WA: Robert E Cleary, 1921.

[view sheet music] (also available here in Food and Ragtime)

Source: Copy provided by a reader  [top]

Boomerang Rag Sheet Music Cover

Boomerang Rag. George Botsford. New York, NY: Jerome H Remick & Co, 1916.

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Source: Photocopy  [top]

Borneo Rag: An Oriental Pastime

Borneo Rag: An Oriental Pastime. Neil Moret (Charles N Daniels). Detroit, MI: Jerome H Remick, 1911.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Bunny-Boy: A Ragtime Conceit
                                  Sheet Music Cover

Bunny-Boy: A Ragtime Conceit. Eric C Gatty. New York, NY: Joseph W Stern, 1912.

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Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Buxton Slow Drag: A Snail
                                  Serenade

Buxton Slow Drag: A Snail Serenade. Leonard Lewis. New York: Leo Feist, 1907.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Cactus Rag First Page

The Cactus Rag. Lucien Porter Gibson. St Louis, MO: Stark Music Co, 1916.

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Source: Ragtime Review (Vol. 4, no. 2, pages 14-16: February 1918)  [top]

Carnation Rag Two Step Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Carnation Rag Two Step. Clyde D. Douglass. St Louis, MO: John Stark & Co, 1903.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Cat's Pajamas Sheet Music Cover

The Cat's Pajamas. Harry Jentes. New York, NY: Jack Mills, 1922.

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Source: Photocopy supplied by reader  [top]

Charcoal: A Study in Black –
                                  Characteristic March Cover Sheet

Charcoal: A Study in Black Characteristic March. S Gibson Cooke. Boston, MA: GW Setchell, 1903.

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Source: Photocopy supplied by reader  [top]

Charcoal Eph Cover Sheet

Charcoal Eph. John Harding. Baltimore, MD: Equitable Pub Co, 1903.

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Source: Photocopy supplied by reader  [top]

Cheerful Blues Sheet Music Cover

Cheerful Blues. Abe Olman. Chicago, IL: Ted Browne Music Co, 1917.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Cheese and Crackers Rag Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Cheese and Crackers. Homer Denny. Cincinnati, OH: Denney and Newlin, 1909.

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Source: Personal copy Andrew Barrett  [top]

Chicken Charlie Cover Sheet

Chicken Charlie by Ashley Ballou. Chicago, IL: W.C. Polla, 1905.

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Source: Digital copy from a reader  [top]

Coffee Rag Cover Sheet

Coffee Rag. Lily Coffee. Houston, TX: WC Munn Company, 1915.

[view sheet music]  (also available here in Food and Ragtime and here in Women Composers of Ragtime)

Source: Copy provided by Michael Chisolm  [top]

Colonial Rag Sheet Music Cover

Colonial Rag. Ernest Ball & Julius Lenzberg. New York: M Witmark & Sons, 1914

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Dixie Kisses Sheet Music Cover

Dixie Kisses. E Clinton Keithley. Louisville, KY: Keith Music, 1909.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Echoes
                                  From Old Kentucky: March, Two-Step and
                                  Cake Walk.

Echoes From Old Kentucky: March, Two-Step and Cake Walk. Mynnie Dillingham. Sydney: Alberts, 1901.

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Source: Digital copy provided by Peter Persoff  [top]

Folio Music Cover for Fred
                                  Heltman's Six Rags

Fred Heltman's Rag. Fred Heltman. Cleveland, OH: The Fred Heltman Co, 1918.

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Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Golliwog's Cakewalk Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Golliwog's Cakewalk. Claude Debussy (1908).

[view sheet music] (also available here in Cakewalks in the Ragtime Era)

Source: Personal copy  [top]

Happy Coons: Danse Negre Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Happy Coons: Danse Negre. William Hodgins. London: Wickins & Co, 1906.

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Source: Digital copy provided by Bob Perry of Australia  [top]

Happy Sam Rag First Page

Happy Sam Rag. Oscar Chilton. Chicago, IL: Christensen School, 1918.

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Source: Ragtime Review (Vol. 4, no. 2, pages 12-13: February 1918)  [top]

Honeymoon Rag Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Honeymoon Rag. Abe Olman. Indianapolis, IN: WB Morrison, 1908.

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Source: Photocopy  [top]

Hot House Rag Sheet Music Cover

Hot House Rag. Paul Pratt. St Louis, MO: Stark Music Company, 1914

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Icycles Sheet Music Cover

Icycles: Rag Two-Step. James EC Kelly. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1907.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Jakerloo Jazz Sheet Music Cover

Jakerloo Jazz. Warren Hasting. London: Francis Day & Hunter, 1919.

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Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Jazbo: Foxtrot Sheet Music Cover

Jazbo: Foxtrot. Arthur Shaw. Chicago, IL: Forster Music, 1915.

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Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Jazzapation: Fox Trot Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Jazzapation: Fox Trot. Edward Claypoole. New York, NY: Jerome H Remick, 1920.

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Kakuda: One Step Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Kakuda: One Step. Felix Arndt. New York, NY: G Ricordi & Co, 1914.

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Source: Photocopy of sheet music provided by Luigi Ranalli, Italy   [top]

Kentucky Rosebuds: Cake Walk or
                                  One Step Sheet Music Cover

Kentucky Rosebuds: Cake Walk or One Step
. Arthur Lange. New York: Joe Morris Music, 1915.

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Source: Photocopy provided by a reader  [top]

Knick Knocks Rag One-Step Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Knick Knocks Rag One-Step. Phil Schwartz. Cleveland, OH: Sam Fox Publishing, 1915.

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 Source: Personal copy obtained from eBay  [top]

Lemons And Limes: A Sour Rag
                                  Cover Sheet

Lemons And Limes: A Sour Rag. Cora Salisbury. Chicago, IL: Will Rossiter, 1909.

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Source: Digital copy from a reader    [top]

The Lion Tamer Rag: A Syncopated
                                  Fantasia Sheet Music Cover

The Lion Tamer Rag. Al Marzian (as "Mark Janza"). Louisville, KY: AF Marzian, 1913.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Little Gadabout: Two-Step
                                  Intermezzo Sheet Music Cover

Little Gadabout: Two-Step Intermezzo. Gustave Colin. London: Hawkes & Son, 1911.

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Also available for this piece: Orchestral parts for clarinet, oboe, cello, violin, and drums.

Source: Copy from University of Toronto Music Library [top]

Little Sticks O' Licorice:
                                  Two-Step Rag Sheet Music Cover

Little Sticks O' Licorice: Two-Step Rag. Ray Ruddy. New York, NY: Jerome H Remick, 1911.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Lost Rag Sheet Music Cover

Lost Rag. Herbert Ingraham. New York: Shapiro Music, 1909

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Marionette Sheet Music Cover

Marionette. Felix Arndt. Cleveland, OH: Sam Fox Publishing Co, 1914

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

The Maurice Tango Sheet Music
                                  Cover

The Maurice Tango. Silvo Hein. New York: TB Harms, 1912.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Mignon Novelette Two Step Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Mignon: Novelette Two Step. WC Powell. New York, NY: PJ Howley, 1917.

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Source: Photocopy from University of Toronto Music Library  [top]

National Rag
                                  Sheet Music Cover
Schultz, Ethel. National Rag. New Orleans, LA: Ethel Schultz, 1907.

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Source: Photocopy provided by a reader [top]
Nervous Rag Sheet Music Cover

Nervous Rag. Bernard Fay & Blackford. Detroit, MI: Jerome H Remick, 1910.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

New Hippodrome Rag Sheet Music
                                  Cover

New Hippodrome Rag. Herman Schultz. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1914.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Nicest, Sweetest, Cutest Rag
                                  Sheet Music Cover

Nicest, Sweetest, Cutest Rag. Herbert Ingraham. New York: Shapiro Music, 1909

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Noodles Rag Sheet Music Cover

Noodles (German Rag). Percy Wenrich. Chicago, IL: Arnett-Delonais, 1906.

[view sheet music]

Source: Photocopy [top]

Old Si's Fiddle (The
                                  Tunes He Used To Play - A Down East
                                  Medley) Sheet Music Cover

Old Si's Fiddle (The Tunes He Used To Play A Down East Medley). Leslie Moore. Troy, NY: Koninsky Music Co, 1905.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

On the Rural Route Sheet Music
                                  Cover

On The Rural Route. Paul Pratt. St Louis, MO: Stark Music Co, 1917.

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Source: Photocopy  [top]

An Operatic Nightmare Sheet Music
                                  Cover

An Operatic Nightmare. Felix Arndt. Cleveland, OH: Sam Fox Pub Co, 1916.

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Source: Photocopy [top]

Pegasus Sheet Music Cover

Pegasus. Robert Stirling. New York: Stark Music Co, 1908.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Perpetual Rag: March Two Step
                                  Sheet Music Cover

Perpetual Rag: March Two Step. BW Castle. Buffalo, NY: Bixby & Castle, 1908.

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Persian Lamb Rag Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Persian Lamb Rag. Percy Wenrich. Boston, MA: Walter Jacobs, 1908.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Piccalili Rag Sheet Music Cover

Piccalili Rag. Herbert Ingraham. New York: Shapiro Music, 1909

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Pickinniny Capers Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Pickinniny Capers. Theron Bennett. Springfield MO: Cornelius J Shea, 1912.

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Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Polka Dot: March and Two Step
                                  Characteristic Sheet Music Cover

Polka Dot: March and Two Step Characteristic. Beth Rudisill. Chicago: Harold Rossiter, 1912.

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Source: Personal copy   [top]

Rag A Tag Rag Sheet Music Cover

Rag-a-Tag Rag. Al W Brown. New York, NY: Leo Feist, 1910.

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Source: Personal copy obtained from Ebay  [top]

Rag-Time Intermezzo Cover Sheet

Rag-Time Intermezzo. Maxwell Silver. New York: FA Mills, 1900.

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Source: Digital copy provided by Michael Chisolm  [top]

Rag Baby Mine

Rag Baby Mine. George Botsford. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1913.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Rag Knots: A Cake Walk and
                                  Two-Step

Rag Knots: A Cake Walk and Two-Step. WC Coleman. Galveston, TX: Thos Goggan & Bro, 1899.

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Source: Digital copy provided by Peter Persoff  [top]

Razzazza Mazzazza: An
                                  Extravaganza Sheet Music Cover

Razzazza Mazzazza: An Extravaganza. Arthur Prior. New York: Carl Fischer, 1906.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Regal Rag Cover Sheet

Regal Rag. Lily Coffee. Self-published, 1916.

[view sheet music]  (also available here in Women Composers of Ragtime)

Source: Copy provided by Michael Chisolm  [top]

Rig-A-Ma-Role Rag Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Rig-A-Ma-Role Rag. Edwin F Kendall. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1910.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Rig-A-Jig Rag First Page of
                                  Music

Rig-A-Jig Rag. Nat D Ayer. London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1912.

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Saibo: danse caracteristique
                                  Sheet Music Cover Page

Saibo: danse caractéristique. Alcide Giroux. Lowell, MA: EL Turcot, 1916.

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Source: Copy provided by a reader  [top]

Ring Tum Diddie: A Boston Rag
                                  Sheet Music Cover

Ring Tum Diddie: A Boston Rag. Fred Heltman. Cleveland, OH: Popular Music Publishers, 1912.

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Source: Photocopy [top]

Saronoff Rag Sheet Music Cover

Saronoff Rag. Silvio Hein. New York, NY: TB Harms, 1913.

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Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Satisfied (An Emotional Drag)
                                  Sheet Music Cover

Satisfied (An Emotional Drag). Bruce Raymond (Theron C Bennett). Pierce City, MO: Bennett Kreyer Music, 1913.

[view sheet music]

Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Shock Rag Sheet Music Cover

Shock Rag. Elmer Olson. Minneapolis, MN: AW Pinger, 1911.

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Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Slippery Elm Rag Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Slippery Elm Rag. Herbert Ingraham. New York: Shapiro Music, 1909

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Smiles and Chuckles Rag One-Step
                                  Sheet Music Cover

Smiles and Chuckles Rag One-Step. F Henri Klickmann. Chicago, IL: Frank K Root & Co, 1917.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

Southern Beauties: Two Step Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Southern Beauties: Two Step. Carl Beck. St Louis, MO: S Simon, 1906.

[view sheet music

Source: Personal copy [top]

Sparkles: High Class Ragtime Two
                                  Step Sheet Music Cover

Sparkles: High Class Ragtime Two Step. Charles B Ennis. Indianapolis, IN: Warner C Williams & Co, 1909.

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Sponge: Two Step Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Sponge: Two Step. Walter C Simon. New Orleans, LA: WC Simon, 1911.

[view sheet music]

Source: Personal copy  [top]

Sphinx Rag Sheet Music Cover

Sphinx Rag. Leon Carroll. San Francisco, CA: Sphinx Pub Co, 1912.

[view sheet music]

Source: Personal copy  [top]

St. Vitus Dance Sheet Music
                                  Cover

St Vitus Dance. Herbert Ingraham. New York: Shapiro Music, 1909

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Sunflower Tickle (A Rag) Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Sunflower Tickle (A Rag). Dolly Richmond (pseudonym for Percy Wenrich). Chicago, IL: McKinley Music, 1908.

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Sunshine Capers First Page of
                                  Music

Sunshine Capers. Roy Bargy. Cleveland, OH: Sam Fox, 1922.

[view sheet music]

Source: Digital copy provided by Vincent Johnson [top]

The Supper Club Fox Trot Sheet
                                  Music Cover

Supper Club
. Harry Carroll. New York: Jerome H Remick, 1917.

[view sheet music]

Source: Personal collection  [top]

Sweet Pickin's Rag

Sweet Pickin's Rag. Charley Straight. Chicago, IL: Forster Music, 1918.

[view sheet music]

Source: Digital copy provided by Vincent Johnson [top]

Syncopated Echoes Sheet Music
                                  Cover

Syncopated Echoes. Elmer Olson. Los Angeles, CA: WA Quincke, 1920.

[view sheet music]

Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Ten Penny Rag: A Driving Hit
                                  Sheet Music Cover

Ten Penny Rag: A Driving Hit. Clarence Brandon & Billy Smythe. St Louis, MO: Brandon & Smythe, 1911.

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Source: Personal copy  [top]

That Eccentric Rag Sheet Music
                                  Cover

That Eccentric Rag. J Russel Robinson. Indianapolis, IN: J Seidel, 1912.

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Source: Indiana Historical Society Digital Images Collection  [top]

That Futuristic Rag Sheet Music
                                  Cover

That Futuristic Rag. Rube Bloom. New York, NY: Jack Mills, 1923.

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Three Black Crows: Cake Walk and
                                  Two Step

Three Black Crows: Cake Walk and Two Step. Raymond Miller. Philadelphia, PA: Welch Wilsky, 1899.

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Source: Personal copy    [top]

The Tierney Rag First Page of
                                  Music

The Tierney Rag. Harry A Tierney. London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1913.

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Source: Personal copy [top]

Twentieth Century March
                                  and Two Step Sheet Music Cover

Twentieth Century March and Two Step. J Messina. Philadelphia, PA: Morris Music, 1900.

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Source: Photocopy from Center for Popular Music  [top]

Whoa! Nellie! Cover Sheet

Whoa! Nellie! George Gould. San Francisco, CA: Sherman, Clay & Co, 1925.

[view sheet music]

Source: Digital copy from a reader [top]

Whoa! You Heiffer Cover Sheet

Whoa! You Heiffer. Al Verges. New Orleans, LA: Hakenjos, 1904.

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Source: Digital copy from a reader [top]

Wild-Fire Rag: A Syncopated Rag
                                  Sheet Music Cover

Wild-Fire Rag: A Syncopated Rag. Holmes Travis. Chicago, IL: ML Carlson, 1911.

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Source: Digital scan provided by reader [top]

Yankee Doodle Rag

Yankee Doodle Rag. Garfield Wilson. Chicago, IL: Will Rossiter, 1911.

[view sheet music]

Source: Personal copy  [top]

 

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