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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 Silent Years

The Silent Years

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(p.165) Chapter 12 The Silent Years
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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/9781604730999.003.0012

This chapter describes events in Sweatman’s life in the 1940s and 1950s. The period marked a worldwide awakening of interest in early jazz, with many old players forced out of retirement to record, and a mini-industry emerging among writers anxious to tell the story of the birth of jazz. Throughout Sweatman maintained a stony silence, probably in response to the neglect shown by jazz writers toward his pioneering role in the development of ragtime and jazz. A car accident in the mid-1950s curtailed his playing career, but he continued his music publishing business and the handling of musicians’ estates. Sweatman died of a heart attack on March 9, 1961, after which he and his music faded into obscurity. However, a worldwide awakening of interest in early African American music in general in the last few years has started to question the received opinion of Sweatman, and of other pioneering black musicians and bandleaders working in the field of popular music.

Keywords:   Wilbur C. Sweatman, African American musicians, jazz, ragtime, death, black musicians

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