Black History Month with Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin, pianist and composer, lived in St. Louis for some time during his ever-moving career. Known as the “King of Ragtime,” Joplin regularly attended St. Louis night areas during the World’s Fair in 1904. Ragtime was popular at the turn of the century, and Joplin helped craft this widespread love.

He spent his most productive years in St. Louis from 1900-1903. His home is now a historic landmark called Scott Joplin House State Historic Site. Visiting it grants a peek into what his life was like.

His most famous piece, “Maple Leaf Rag,” is known as the archetypal rag and influenced other ragtime composers.

After Joplin’s death, ragtime faded from prominence, but instead evolved into other styles, such as jazz, big band swing and eventually rock `n roll.