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


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get 'Em Off1976Documentary short writer: "The Entertainer"
The Shootist1976music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
M*A*S*HTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1975 music - 1 episode, 1973
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary music: "The Entertainer" 1902 - uncredited
In Concert1975TV Series writer - 1 episode
In Flight Service1975writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The Two RonniesTV Series writer - 1 episode, 1975 music - 1 episode, 1975
The Magician1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sting1973writer: "Easy Winners" 1901, "The Entertainer" 1902, "Gladiolus Rag" 1907, "Pineapple Rag" 1908, "Rag Time Dance" 1906, "Solace" 1909 - uncredited
The Tycoon's Daughter1973writer: "The Entertainer" - uncredited
The Benny Hill Show1969TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ask the Family1967TV Series writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
Ruggles of Red Gap1935music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The Son of Kong1933music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The Whoopee Party1932Short writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
The Public Enemy1931music: "Maple Leaf Rag" 1899 - uncredited
Synthetic Sin1929music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
College1927writer: "The Entertainer"
Dress Rehearsal2014Short writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" completed
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Another Period2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Art Mystery2016Short performer: "Kimset Rag"
ImagiGARY2015writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
The SimpsonsTV Series 1 episode, 1997 writer - 6 episodes, 1993 - 2015 music - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2005
Reel Iconic2015TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Community2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Good Morning, Pallas Athena2015Documentary short writer: "Solace"
Obni2015Short writer: "Ragtime Dance"
Olde Wrestling's Speakeasy Spectacular2015Video writer: "The Entertainer"
Stuck on A2014TV Series performer - 2 episodes
JFK to 9/11: Everything Is a Rich Man's Trick2014Video documentary writer: "The Entertainer" - uncredited
Testament of Youth2014writer: "Solace"
Le voyage cinématographique de Gaston Méliès à Tahiti2014Documentary "Bethena", "Joseph Lamb", "Pineapple Rag"
Kamikaze2014/IIwriter: "The Entertainer" - as S. Joplin
Murdoch Mysteries2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
How I Met Your Mother2006-2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Movie Guide2013TV Series writer - 10 episodes
BioShock Infinite2013Video Game music: "The Easy Winners", "Solace", "The Strenuous Life", "Sunflower Slow Drag"
That Voodoo You Do, or 'The Legba Luncheon'2012Short writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Smitty2012writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Jimmy2011/IIIShort writer: "The Ragtime Dance"
The Big Something2011writer: "Original Rags", "Maple Leaf Rag"
Play2011/Iwriter: "The Entertainer"
Dancing Stars2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boardwalk EmpireTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
Atop the Fourth Wall2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
20 to 12010TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Treme2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ugly BettyTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2009 performer - 1 episode, 2009
Gun Town2009writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
The National Parks: America's Best Idea2009TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Jeopardy!2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hell's Kitchen2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film2009Documentary writer: "Original Rag"
Silhouettes of Jazz2009Short writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Tosh.02009TV Series writer - 1 episode
History Detectives2009TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Coco Before Chanel2009"Little Black Baby"
Damages2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button2008performer: "Country Club", "Elite Syncopations", "The Chrysanthemum" / writer: "Country Club", "Elite Syncopations", "The Chrysanthemum", "Bethena A Concert Waltz"
The Blue Tooth Virgin2008writer: "Cleopha", "Something Doing", "Sunflower Snow Dog", "The Sycamore", "The Chrysanthemum", "The Strenous Life", "I Am Thinking of My Pickaninny Days"
Break-up Therapy2007Short "Maple Leaf Rag"
House M.D.2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Foreign Eye2006Documentary writer: "The Easy Winners"
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law2005TV Series music - 1 episode
Robot Chicken2005TV Series music - 1 episode
Charmed2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Unleashed2005"The Entertainer"
Degrassi: The Next Generation2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eve's Christmas2004TV Movie writer: "Something Doing"
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004Documentary writer: "Sun Flower Slow Drag"
Ben & Arthur2002"The Entertainer"
Mark Twain2001TV Movie documentary writer: "Ragtime Dance", "The Entertainer"
On the Edge2001writer: "The Entertainer"
The Cat's Meow2001writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" 1899
Malcolm in the Middle2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Unforgettable Les Dawson2000TV Movie documentary writer: "The Entertainer"
Mission Hill2000TV Series music - 1 episode
The Golden Bowl2000writer: "Wall Street Rag"
Lansky1999TV Movie writer: "The Easy Winners"
Happy, Texas1999writer: "The Entertainer"
La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano1998writer: "Peacherine Rag"
Around the Fire1998writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1998TV Series music - 1 episode
Titanic1996TV Mini-Series music: "Chrysanthemum", "Bethany" - uncredited
Animaniacs1996TV Series music - 1 episode
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Crumb1994Documentary writer: "A Real Slow Drag"
The Boys1993TV Series "Bethena: A Concert Waltz"
Northern Exposure1992TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Tiny Toon Adventures1991TV Series music - 1 episode
Grand Isle1991writer: "Pleasant Moments"
Bix1991writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
America's Funniest Home Videos1989TV Series music: "St. Louis Rag" - uncredited
Growing Pains1986-1989TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Appointment with Death1988music: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage1986TV Movie writer: "The Entertainer" - uncredited
The Twilight Zone1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
America's Musical Theater1986TV Series music - 1 episode
Morons from Outer Space1985music: "THE ENTERTAINER" - uncredited
Derrick1984TV Series writer - 1 episode
Before Stonewall1984Documentary music: "The Entertainer" - uncredited
Burlexxx1984writer: "Maple Leaf Rag" - uncredited
Prisoner1984TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sahara1983music: "Ragtime Dance" - uncredited
Domino Man1982Video Game writer: "Maple Leaf Rag"
Reds1981writer: "Country Club - Ragtime Two-Step"
American Pop1981writer: "Palm Leaf Rag", "Maple Leaf Rag"
S.O.S. Titanic1979TV Movie "Elite Syncopations", uncredited
Flambards1979TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Just a Gigolo1978music: "The Ragtime Dance", "Easy Winners"
Killer of Sheep1978writer: "Solace"
Pretty Baby1978music: "Swipesy", "Heliotrope Bouquet", "The Ragtime Dance" - uncredited
The Muppet ShowTV Series music - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1977 writer - 1 episode, 1977

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coffee Shop Dance Off2012Video short music by
The Little Player2010Short
Movie Guide2006TV Mini-Series documentary archive footage
Kniediep...1975original music by

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Um dia na praça2016Short
Best Days Ahead2015Documentary short stock music
The Sting1973composer: piano rags
The General1926composer: additional music - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Musical Theater1986TV Series text - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself

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