Skip Navigation Links  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
Recorded Sound Research Center (Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division)
  Home >> Record of the Month

Record of the Month from The National Jukebox

Each month our panel of experts picks a different National Jukebox selection to highlight. This month’s selection:

"The Smiler," performed by Vess L. Ossman, recorded December 6, 1910

This piece of authentic Missouri ragtime was composed by Percy Wenrich (1887-1952), a native of Joplin, Missouri. Because of his hometown, the publishers subtitled “The Smiler” as “a Joplin Rag,” which no doubt was meant as a ruse to fool the public into thinking that this was a work by Scott Joplin. Vess L. Ossman (1868-1923) was a virtuoso on the five-string banjo player, who began his recording career for Edison Records during the early 1890s. By the end of the decade, known as the "the banjo king" had become an international favorite.  

  

Top of Page Top of Page
  Home >> Record of the Month
  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  June 26, 2020
Legal | External Link Disclaimer

Contact Us:  
Ask a Librarian