The Library of Congress > National Jukebox > Playlists of Recordings > Ragtime


  • Playlist Creator: Library of Congress
  • Date Playlist Created: 07/06/2011
  • During the early 1900s America’s musical pulse was syncopated and ragtime, with its then novel, engaging beat, was seemingly everywhere. Here is a playlist highlighting a diverse group of performers—from a cimbalom soloist to a military band—demonstrating their take on this popular style.


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