Thomas Million Turpin  (1873-1922)
Last updated: 30.04.22
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  
  Title Instruments/Issue Performers
       
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Pan-Am-Rag (1914), The A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Bowery Buck (1899) T/T/B+D/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Buffalo Rag (1904), The A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Harlem Rag (1899), The A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Harlem Rag (1897) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Rag-Time Nightmare (1900), A A/T/T/B+S/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif St. Louis Rag (1903) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  MP3 File(s)    
audioextmp315.gif St. Louis Rag Edison Gold Moulded Record: 8726 V.L. Ossman
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Bowery Buck (1899) Midi Sakae Watanabe
audiomidi15.gif Buffalo Rag (1904), The Midi Sakae Watanabe
audiomidi15.gif Harlem Rag (1897) Midi Sakae Watanabe
audiomidi15.gif Harlem Rag (1899), The Midi James Pitt-Payne
audiomidi15.gif Pan-Am-Rag (1914), The Midi Sakae Watanabe
audiomidi15.gif Rag-Time Nightmare (1900), A Midi Sakae Watanabe
audiomidi15.gif St. Louis Rag (1903) Midi Sakae Watanabe
     Performer CD Title Supplier
       
Jazz Music CDs:
cd15.gif Black Swan Classic Jazz Band Ragtime Revelry CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 Best Ragtime Album Ever flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 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 Gold Collection flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Good Time Jazz Story flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Kings of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Piano Music In America 1900-1945 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif  Various Artists Ragtime 1900-1930 flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Ragtime Hard To Find Classics flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Ragtime: The World's Greatest Ragtime Album flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists The Roots of Rag-Time CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Spirit of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 The Traditional Jazz Ragtime Collection flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra Grace and Beauty flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling Original Ragtime CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling 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 Le Ragtime flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Elite Syncopators American Sampler Rag CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Miguel Pineda-Van Gelder A Ragtime Feast: Forgotten Rags flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Ralph Press 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 The Skirtlifters A Ragtime Episode flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Charles Thompson The Neglected Professor flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Wally Rose Rags Blues Joys flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Wally Rose Ragtime Classics flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif James Price Johnson The Best of Scott Joplin and Other Rag Classics CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor Ragtime Reunion
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor Tempus Ragorum flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif  Mimi Blais Old Rags New Rags flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais Once Upon a Rag Time flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais Sunday Morning flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Spare Parts Now Tango flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra On The Boardwalk CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Lu Watters Originals & Ragtime: San Francisco Style: Vol. 2 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif The Great American Main St. Band Silks & Rags flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Evergreen Ragtime Trio It's a Rouser flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom Heliotrope Bouquet Piano Rags (1900-1970) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Ton Van Bergeyk 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 Richard Zimmerman The Roots of Ragtime CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif  American Ragtime Ensemble Ragtime Chamber Music flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif St. Louis Ragtimers 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 The St. Louis Ragtimers: Volume 4 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Brent Watkins The Heroes of Parlor Town - Volume 2 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Rag Time Sue flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Turpintyme Ragsters Chicken Chowder flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif David A. Jasen Rompin' Stompin' Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra It's a Bear flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Peter Muir Spontaneous Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Jack Bradshaw Takes Two [Ragtime Piano Duos] flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby Bucktown in the 90's flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Royal City Saxophone Quartet Ragtime for Rent CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath 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 Bill Edwards The Rag's the Thing
cd15.gif Bill Edwards Syncopated Safari
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.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Buffalo Rag (1904), The A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Harlem Rag (1897) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Harlem Rag (1899), The A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Pan-Am-Rag (1914), The A/T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Rag-Time Nightmare (1900), A A/T/T/B+S/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif St. Louis Rag (1903) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifpdf15.gifwvicon.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
pdf15.gif Bowery Buck (1899) T.M. Turpin (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Buffalo Rag (1904), The T.M. Turpin (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Harlem Rag (1899), The T.M. Turpin (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Rag-Time Nightmare (1900), A T.M. Turpin (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif St. Louis Rag (1903) T.M. Turpin (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.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. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Harlem Rag 1897 Two Step  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Bowery Buck 1899  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Harlem Rag, The 1899 March & Cake Walk  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Rag-Time Nightmare, A 1900  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
St. Louis Rag 1903 V.L. Ossman (perf.)  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gifaudioextmp315.gif
Buffalo Rag, The 1904  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
Siwash 1909  wvicon.gif
Pan-Am-Rag, The 1914  Pub. youtube15.jpg audiomidi15.gif
When Sambo Goes to France 1917  Pub.
     Title Duration Performer
       
youtube15.jpg Bowery Buck 2:11 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg The Buffalo Rag 2:08 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Harlem Rag 2:18 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg The Harlem Rag 4:38 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg The Harlem Rag 3:22 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg The Pan-Am-Rag 2:34 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg A Ragtime Nightmare 1:34 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg St Louis Rag 2:51 Tom Turpin Piano Roll
youtube15.jpg St. Louis Rag 2:51 Ragtime Dorian Henry