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Title
You got to play rag-time
Additional title: I'm goin' to tell you 'bout a masquerade, dat happened in Rough House hall. [first line of song]
Additional title: You got to play rag time if you want to belong. [first line of chorus]
Names
Sloane, A. Baldwin (Alfred Baldwin) (1872-1926) (Composer)
Havez, Jean (1874-1925) (Lyricist)
Raymond, Maude (Singer)
Collection

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York ; Chicago ; [etc.]
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
Topics
Songs
Bagpipes
Racism
African Americans
Ragtime music
Genres
Scores
Notes
Content: On cover: Sung with enormous success by the clever comedienne Maude Raymond of Rogers Bros' "A reign of error" company, direction of Klaw & Erlanger. Cover includes photograph of Maude Raymond.
Content: Summary: Using stereotyped language, describes story where Ephraim Johnson, an African American man, attends a party for white people, but is refused entry because he won't play ragtime music on his bagpipes; he is kicked out and thrown into the gutter but still plays on his bagpipes; the next day, other African Americans get bagpipes and play outisde of Johnson's house; upon hearing them, he agrees that it was right for him to have been thrown out of the party.
Content: Cover design includes caricatures of two African American men, one dressed in kilts like a Scotsman and carrying bagpipes, and another dressed in a tuxedo.
Statement of responsibility: words by Jean C. Havez ; music by A.B. Sloane.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Languages
English
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e4e2ebe0-c595-012f-42f7-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1872: Creator Born
  • 1899: Issued
  • 1926: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "You got to play rag-time" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef4c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "You got to play rag-time" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 21, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef4c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1899 - 1899). You got to play rag-time Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef4c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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You got to play rag-time