Thomas Million Turpin  (1873-1922)
Last updated: 02.10.17
According to the Internet source given below, Tom [Thomas Million] Turpin was an American performer and composer of piano ragtime music. The son of a freed slave, he was born in Savannah, Georgia and moved with his family to St Louis, Missouri in the early 1880s where his father, "Honest John" Turpin; opened the Silver Dollar Saloon. He was self-taught and established himself with Harlem Rag, the first published instrumental rag by an African American composer. He went on to publish further rags including the well-known St. Louis Rag (1903).
After a failed mining venture with his brother Charlie in 1881 in Searchlight, Nevada [later honoured by Scott Joplin with his Search-Light Rag (1907)], Tom Turpin returned to St Louis to open the famous Rosebud Cafe [also to be honoured by Scott Joplin with his The Rosebud March (1905)]. Here he achieved considerable influence on ragtime music, The Rosebud Cafe becoming a rendezvous for some of ragtime's most illustrious performers such as Joe Jordan, Charlie Warfield, Sam Patterson as well as Louis Chauvin.


Websites :
url15.gif Thomas Million Turpin Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
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Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif American Ragtime Ensemble on "Ragtime Chamber Music" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Ton Van Bergeyk on "Famous Ragtime Guitar Solos" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Black Swan Classic Jazz Band on "Ragtime Revelry" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Old Rags New Rags" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Once Upon a Rag Time" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Sunday Morning" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom on "Heliotrope Bouquet Piano Rags (1900-1970)" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Original Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Original Ragtime/Original Boogie Woogie/Original Piano Blues" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Le Ragtime" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "The Rag's the Thing"
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "Syncopated Safari"
cd15.gif Elite Syncopators on "American Sampler Rag" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Evergreen Ragtime Trio on "It's a Rouser" flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif The Great American Main St. Band on "Silks & Rags" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra on "It's a Bear" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Dave Jasen on "Rompin' Stompin' Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif James P. Johnson on "The Best of Scott Joplin and Other Rag Classics" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Rag Time Sue" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby on "Bucktown in the 90's" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "1904 St. Louis World's Fair: Meet Me At The Fair" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Best Ragtime Album Ever" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "From Cake-Walk To Ragtime 1898-1916" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "From Ragtime to Jazz Vol. 3: 1902-1923" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Gold Collection" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Good Time Jazz Story" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Kings of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Piano Music In America 1900-1945" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime 1900-1930" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime Hard To Find Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime: The World's Greatest Ragtime Album" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "The Roots of Rag-Time" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Spirit of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "That Devilin' Tune" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "The Traditional Jazz Ragtime Collection" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath on "The Best of Scott Joplin and Other Rag Classics" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Peter Muir on "Spontaneous Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra on "Grace and Beauty" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "On The Boardwalk" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Miguel Pineda-Van Gelder on "A Ragtime Feast: Forgotten Rags" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Ralph Press on "The Great American Ragtime Revival/with Sound Effects" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Wally Rose on "Rags Blues Joys" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Wally Rose on "Ragtime Classics" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Royal City Saxophone Quartet on "Ragtime for Rent" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif The Skirtlifters on "A Ragtime Episode" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Spare Parts on "Now Tango" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif St. Louis Ragtimers on "The St. Louis Ragtimers: Volume 1" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif St. Louis Ragtimers on " The St. Louis Ragtimers: Volume 4" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Charles Thompson on "The Neglected Professor" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor on "Ragtime Reunion"
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor on "Tempus Ragorum" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Turpintyme Ragsters on "Chicken Chowder" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Brent Watkins on "The Heroes of Parlor Town - Volume 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Lu Watters on "Originals & Ragtime: San Francisco Style: Vol. 2" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Richard Zimmerman on "The Roots of Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE475 Bowery Buck (1899) - Rag-Time Two-Step
T/T/B+D/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
out-of-print €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE476 The Buffalo Rag (1904)
A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¼ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE478 Harlem Rag (1897) - Two Step
A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
out-of-print €15.00 £12.50 $19.50  
DBE477 The Harlem Rag (1899) - March & Cake Walk
A(T)/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
out-of-print €15.00 £12.50 $19.50  
DBE215 The Pan-Am-Rag (1914)
A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE479 A Rag-Time Nightmare (1900) - March and Two-Step
A/T/T/B+S/B/GB(B), approx. 1¾ mins.
out-of-print €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE480 St. Louis Rag (1903) - Instrumental Novelty
A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins
out-of-print €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
     Title Instruments Remarks
       
sm15.gif Bowery Buck (1899) T/T/B+D/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif The Buffalo Rag (1904) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Harlem Rag (1897) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif The Harlem Rag (1899) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif The Pan-Am-Rag (1914) A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif A Rag-Time Nightmare (1900) A/T/T/B+S/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif St. Louis Rag (1903) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 9 works by Thomas Million Turpin (1873-1922). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.

Harlem Rag (1897) wvicon.gif
Two Step
The Buffalo Rag (1904) wvicon.gif
Bowery Buck (1899) wvicon.gif
Siwash (1909) wvicon.gif
The Harlem Rag (1899) wvicon.gif
March & Cake Walk
The Pan-Am-Rag (1914) wvicon.gif
A Rag-Time Nightmare (1900) wvicon.gif
When Sambo Goes to France (1917) wvicon.gif
St. Louis Rag (1903) wvicon.gif