Scott Joplin - the King of Ragtime

Life

1868 Birth

1868

Exact birth date unknown; late 1868 or early 1869

1891 Music career started in Sedalia

1891

1893 Settles in Sedalia, MO

1893

Brass bands, creates quartet, "Texas Medley Quartet"

1896 Starts publishing songs

1896

1899 Maple Leaf Rag - 1st piano rag

1899

1901 Moved to St. Louis - wrote big ragtime hits

1901

The Entertainer (movie - "The Sting")

1903 Wrote first opera - a flop

1903

1904 St. Louis fair - played "The Cascades"

1904

Everyone loved it

1907 Moved to New York - published many rags

1907

1911 Opera - Treemonishia

1911

spent several years writing his 2nd opera, but never saw it performed

1916 Hand made piano rolls

1916

Last 2 years of his life making 7 rolls

1917 Died

1917

1970 Songwriters Hall of Fame

1970

Most fame after he died

1973 The Sting - Theme song: "The Entertainer"

1973

Scott Joplin became even more famous after the movie, The Sting, came out.

1976 Pulitzer Prize for contribution to music

1976

1987 Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame

1987