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That's Got 'Em!The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman$
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Mark Berresford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730999

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730999.001.0001

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The Ragtime Dinosaur

The Ragtime Dinosaur

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(p.132) Chapter 10 The Ragtime Dinosaur
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That's Got 'Em!
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Mark Berresford

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730999.003.0010

This chapter describes Sweatman’s career in the 1920s. Sweatman spent much of the 1920s vacillating between leading large bands with a full complement of featured singers and dancers, and working with a backing trio or quartet. He remained extremely popular with fellow black musicians and performers, not least because of his wide experience in a business that, at that time, was not known for its benevolence to black musicians and performers. Sweatman was working regularly in vaudeville and looking after his music publishing and band contracting interests from his office at 1547 Broadway. This, along with club and radio work with his own band, ensured a full diary.

Keywords:   Wilbur C. Sweatman, African American musicians, career

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