His father was a railroad laborer and they were a black family in Texarkana, Texas. It took a lot of earning to scrape together the money for an old piano so their third son could teach himself to play. At the age of seven the child was doing so well that a German music teacher in the area decided to help him learn piano theory and music appreciation. This background produced the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin.

AOWM – November 24