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"Perfessor" Bill Edwards Guide to Ragtime and Vaudeville Entertainers

    Presented here are basic profiles of some of the better-known or important performers in vaudeville and other venues of the ragtime era. This is still an evolving section, so some will be either blank or incomplete and in process. Each biography contains some unique bits of information on that individual and their life, often challenging previous versions of their story, all backed up by facts culled from my research. 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 Ragtime Books and Ragtime Music Collections pages. 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, often with corrections made to historical inaccuracies. Comments are always welcome.

Nora Bayes Milton Berle George Burns Eddie Cantor Vernon & Irene Castle
George M. Cohan Glover Compton Lew Dockstader Jimmy Durante Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards
Benny Fields Anna Held George Jessel Al Jolson Vess Ossman
Blossom Seeley Sophie Tucker Bert Williams Florenz Ziegfeld  

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Ragtime Webring-Dedicated To Scott Joplin

The Ragtime Webring-Dedicated to Scott Joplin and the music of the Ragtime Era, this ring is an invaluable resource for jazz music lovers, musicians and historians. Sheet music, midi files, afro-american history, record collectors...

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Including some of my recommended favorites:

Max Morath Dick Hyman Dick Zimmerman
Paul Lingle Wally Rose Lu Watters
James P. Johnson Tony Caramia Squirrel Nut Zippers
Marcus Roberts Butch Thompson Jelly Roll Morton
Glenn Jenks Sue Keller Fats Waller
The Good Time Jazz Catalog and Bill's personal favorites, The Firehouse Five+2!

And don't miss these movies which include some ragtime music:

The Jazz Singer The Sting
Alexander's Ragtime Band Scott Joplin
The Legend of 1900 Ragtime
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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