According to many sources, William H. Krell was a white Chicago bandleader whose place in ragtime history is assured by being credited with being the first to publish a composition with the word "rag" in its title, namely Mississippi Rag (1897). The cover was also records the first publication of the word "rag-time". The pundits point out however that it was not actually a true rag, but a cakewalk. Whatever its merits, Mississippi Rag continues to this day to be widely performed and recorded by all manner of artists ranging from solo pianists to brass quintets. One year later in 1898 Krell's Shake Yo' Dusters or Piccaninny Rag, which has genuine ragtime elements, was published thus asserting his position in the roots of ragtime.
Note: The Internet seems to be equally divided regarding Krell's year of birth placing it as either 1868 or 1873. For convenience the latter is given here.
List of W.H. Krell's works.
6. More sheet music at Ditty Box Enterprises
- [§] Arbutus Waltz (1897), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Tenor/Bass+Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] The Cake Walk Patrol (1895), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] The First Extra (1895), Descant/Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] The Mississippi Rag (1897), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
- [§] Shake Yo' Dusters (1898), Treble/Tenor/Tenor/Bass/Great Bass(Bass)
Further sheet music at DBE:
William H. Krell , biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards
Ragtime Music CDs:
Black Swan Classic Jazz Band on "Ragtime Revelry" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
William Bolcom on "Sweet Sixteenths: A Ragtime Concert" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Claude Bolling on "Original Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Claude Bolling on "Original Ragtime/Original Boogie Woogie/Original Piano Blues" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Claude Bolling on "Le Ragtime"
Evergreen Ragtime Trio on "It's a Rouser"
Various Artists on "A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997"
Various Artists on "Good Time Jazz Story"
Various Artists on "Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime"
Max Morath on "Jonah Man: A Tribute to Bert Williams" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Knuckles O'Toole on "Knuckles O'Toole: Plays The Greatest All-Time Ragtime Hits"
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "More Candy"
Squeek Steele on "Ragtime Volume One" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
St. Louis Ragtimers on " The St. Louis Ragtimers: Volume 4"
Trebor Jay Tichenor on "Ragtime Reunion"
Terry Waldo on "Ragtime Classics Vol. 1"
Richard Zimmerman on "The Roots of Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Brass Music CDs:
Avatar Brass Quintet on "Magnetic Rags: Ragtime for Brass"
Eastern Brass Quintet on "Ragtime"
Harmonic Brass Munich on "There's a man"