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Scott Joplin

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Referred to as the Ruler of Ragtime, his “Maple Leaf Rag” was the initial official ragtime strike and the most important. He was trained music free of charge by German-Jewish music teacher Julius Weiss after Weiss known the family’s severe poverty as well as the boy’s exclusive skill. He sang using the Texarkana Minstrels for the fundraiser made to increase money for the monument to Jefferson Davis, the previous president from the Confederacy. He wedded Belle Jone Hayden in 1899, however the few divorced because she didn’t talk about his musical interest. He then wedded Freddie Alexander on June 14, 1904, whom he previously mentored. She passed away immediately after the relationship. He then wedded Lottie Stokes in 1909. His well-known opera “Treemonisha” was aimed by Robert Shaw, who became the initial prominent American conductor to publicly present a mixed-race chorale.

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Full Name Scott Joplin
Date Of Birth November 24, 1868
Died April 1, 1917, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Linden, TX
Profession Composer
Education George R. Smith College
Nationality American
Spouse Lottie Stokes, Freddie Alexander, Belle Jones
Parents Giles Joplin, Florence Givens
Siblings Myrtle Joplin, William Joplin, Ossie Joplin, Robert Joplin, Monroe Joplin
Awards Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards
Nominations Tony Award for Best Original Score
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
2 Was posthumously nominated for Broadway's 1976 Tony Award as Best Score, music and lyrics, for "Treemonisha."
3 His composition, "Searchlight Rag", was inspired by tales told to him by two friends who went prospecting for gold in Searchlight, Nevada.
4 He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize special award for music in 1976.
5 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1987.
6 Pictured on a 20¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Black Heritage USA series, issued 9 June 1983.
7 Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians, 1992.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get 'Em Off 1976 Documentary short writer: "The Entertainer"
The Shootist 1976 music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
M*A*S*H TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1975 music - 1 episode, 1973
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary music: "The Entertainer" 1902 - uncredited
In Concert 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
In Flight Service 1975 writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The Two Ronnies TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1975 music - 1 episode, 1975
The Magician 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sting 1973 writer: "Easy Winners" 1901, "The Entertainer" 1902, "Gladiolus Rag" 1907, "Pineapple Rag" 1908, "Rag Time Dance" 1906, "Solace" 1909 - uncredited
The Tycoon's Daughter 1973 writer: "The Entertainer" - uncredited
The Benny Hill Show 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ask the Family 1967 TV Series writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
Ruggles of Red Gap 1935 music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The Son of Kong 1933 music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The Whoopee Party 1932 Short writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
The Public Enemy 1931 music: "Maple Leaf Rag" 1899 - uncredited
Synthetic Sin 1929 music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
College 1927 writer: "The Entertainer"
Dress Rehearsal 2014 Short writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" completed
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Another Period 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Art Mystery 2016 Short performer: "Kimset Rag"
ImagiGARY 2015 writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
The Simpsons TV Series 1 episode, 1997 writer - 6 episodes, 1993 - 2015 music - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2005
Reel Iconic 2015 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Community 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Good Morning, Pallas Athena 2015 Documentary short writer: "Solace"
Obni 2015 Short writer: "Ragtime Dance"
Olde Wrestling's Speakeasy Spectacular 2015 Video writer: "The Entertainer"
Stuck on A 2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
JFK to 9/11: Everything Is a Rich Man's Trick 2014 Video documentary writer: "The Entertainer" - uncredited
Testament of Youth 2014 writer: "Solace"
Le voyage cinématographique de Gaston Méliès à Tahiti 2014 Documentary "Bethena", "Joseph Lamb", "Pineapple Rag"
Kamikaze 2014/II writer: "The Entertainer" - as S. Joplin
Murdoch Mysteries 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
How I Met Your Mother 2006-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series writer - 10 episodes
BioShock Infinite 2013 Video Game music: "The Easy Winners", "Solace", "The Strenuous Life", "Sunflower Slow Drag"
That Voodoo You Do, or 'The Legba Luncheon' 2012 Short writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Smitty 2012 writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Jimmy 2011/III Short writer: "The Ragtime Dance"
The Big Something 2011 writer: "Original Rags", "Maple Leaf Rag"
Play 2011/I writer: "The Entertainer"
Dancing Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boardwalk Empire TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
Atop the Fourth Wall 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Treme 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ugly Betty TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2009 performer - 1 episode, 2009
Gun Town 2009 writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Jeopardy! 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hell's Kitchen 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film 2009 Documentary writer: "Original Rag"
Silhouettes of Jazz 2009 Short writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Tosh.0 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
History Detectives 2009 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Coco Before Chanel 2009 "Little Black Baby"
Damages 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 performer: "Country Club", "Elite Syncopations", "The Chrysanthemum" / writer: "Country Club", "Elite Syncopations", "The Chrysanthemum", "Bethena A Concert Waltz"
The Blue Tooth Virgin 2008 writer: "Cleopha", "Something Doing", "Sunflower Snow Dog", "The Sycamore", "The Chrysanthemum", "The Strenous Life", "I Am Thinking of My Pickaninny Days"
Break-up Therapy 2007 Short "Maple Leaf Rag"
House M.D. 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Foreign Eye 2006 Documentary writer: "The Easy Winners"
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 2005 TV Series music - 1 episode
Robot Chicken 2005 TV Series music - 1 episode
Charmed 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Unleashed 2005 "The Entertainer"
Degrassi: The Next Generation 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eve's Christmas 2004 TV Movie writer: "Something Doing"
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson 2004 Documentary writer: "Sun Flower Slow Drag"
Ben & Arthur 2002 "The Entertainer"
Mark Twain 2001 TV Movie documentary writer: "Ragtime Dance", "The Entertainer"
On the Edge 2001 writer: "The Entertainer"
The Cat's Meow 2001 writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" 1899
Malcolm in the Middle 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Unforgettable Les Dawson 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "The Entertainer"
Mission Hill 2000 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Golden Bowl 2000 writer: "Wall Street Rag"
Lansky 1999 TV Movie writer: "The Easy Winners"
Happy, Texas 1999 writer: "The Entertainer"
La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano 1998 writer: "Peacherine Rag"
Around the Fire 1998 writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1998 TV Series music - 1 episode
Titanic 1996 TV Mini-Series music: "Chrysanthemum", "Bethany" - uncredited
Animaniacs 1996 TV Series music - 1 episode
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Crumb 1994 Documentary writer: "A Real Slow Drag"
The Boys 1993 TV Series "Bethena: A Concert Waltz"
Northern Exposure 1992 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Tiny Toon Adventures 1991 TV Series music - 1 episode
Grand Isle 1991 writer: "Pleasant Moments"
Bix 1991 writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
America's Funniest Home Videos 1989 TV Series music: "St. Louis Rag" - uncredited
Growing Pains 1986-1989 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Appointment with Death 1988 music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 1986 TV Movie writer: "The Entertainer" - uncredited
The Twilight Zone 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
America's Musical Theater 1986 TV Series music - 1 episode
Morons from Outer Space 1985 music: "THE ENTERTAINER" - uncredited
Derrick 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Before Stonewall 1984 Documentary music: "The Entertainer" - uncredited
Burlexxx 1984 writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
Prisoner 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sahara 1983 music: "Ragtime Dance" - uncredited
Domino Man 1982 Video Game writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Reds 1981 writer: "Country Club - Ragtime Two-Step"
American Pop 1981 writer: "Palm Leaf Rag", "Maple Leaf Rag"
S.O.S. Titanic 1979 TV Movie "Elite Syncopations", uncredited
Flambards 1979 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Just a Gigolo 1978 music: "The Ragtime Dance", "Easy Winners"
Killer of Sheep 1978 writer: "Solace"
Pretty Baby 1978 music: "Swipesy", "Heliotrope Bouquet", "The Ragtime Dance" - uncredited
The Muppet Show TV Series music - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1977 writer - 1 episode, 1977

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coffee Shop Dance Off 2012 Video short music by
The Little Player 2010 Short
Movie Guide 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary archive footage
Kniediep... 1975 original music by

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Um dia na praça 2016 Short
Best Days Ahead 2015 Documentary short stock music
The Sting 1973 composer: piano rags
The General 1926 composer: additional music - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Musical Theater 1986 TV Series text - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself

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