Profession: Ragtime Composer
Why Famous: Scott Joplin is known as the "King of Ragtime", famous for such compositions like "The Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer".
A travelling musician, Joplin was at the Chicago World Fair in 1893, where Ragtime became a national craze. He went on to publish his own Ragtime compositions before starting his own Opera Company and composing operas, self-publishing his " Treemonisha" opera in 1911.
Joplin's music was largely forgotten after his death in 1917 but rediscovered in the 1960s and 1970s. The film "The Sting" (1973) featured music inspired by Scott Joplin and Marvin Hamlisch won an Academy Award for his soundtrack. His version of the "The Entertainer" then became a top ten hit.
- 1904-06-14 Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (35) weds Freddie Alexander (19) in Arkansas
- 1899-09-18 Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag", the most famous ragtime composition, by the US Copyright Office
- 1902-12-29 "The Entertainer" is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office
- 1972-01-27 World premiere of Scott Joplin's rediscovered opera "Treemonisha" at Morehouse College in Atlanta
- 1973-12-25 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)
- 1975-12-14 Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances