Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Singing for Thanksgiving Dinner - Dill Pickles Rag (1906)
No relish tray is complete without a few Dill Pickles. The composer, Charles L. Johnson was born in the ragtime hotbed of Kansas City in 1876 and he lived out his whole life in that city. He's a heavyweight, publishing over 300 songs, nearly forty of which were ragtime compositions. His best selling piece, Sweet and Low, sold over a million copies and there's some belief that if he'd lived and worked in New York City, he would have ranked alongside other ragtime greats such as Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb.