The King of Ragtime.
A true innovator, Joplin recognized his music was ahead of his time. "When I'm dead twenty-five years, people are going to recognize me," he told a friend.
Joplin's composition "The Entertainer" was used as the theme for the 1973-Oscar winning film The Sting. Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation reach No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart.
A pivotal artist during the transition from ragtime to jazz.
Composer of “The St. Louis Blues."
A uniquely American syncopated music and precursor to jazz.