Daily Deceased Fun Fact:
Scott Joplin (Nov. 24, 1868 – April 1, 1917)
St. Michael’s Cemetery, East Elmhurst NY
Composer and pianist of ragtime music. His work is so highly regarded that he has been rightly christened “The King of Ragtime.” He composed 44 ragtime pieces, one ballet, and two operas. But, it is “The Maple Leaf Rag” and, of course, The Entertainer” that have stood the test of time. However, by 1917 he was broke and disappointed with his life. In April of that year, he died from syphilis and the madness that it it incurred.
Joplin was once quoted as saying that his work wouldn’t be appreciated for at least 25 years after his death. He couldn’t have been more right, because as the decades went on more and more people found his work. It took 1973’s “The Sting” to bring “The Entertainer” to #3 on the Billboard charts, and catapult Joplin to heights he never experienced during his own lifetime.
So, wherever there is a party to be had and a con to be pulled off Scott Joplin will be there in spirit…..