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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 Anchorage For The World’s Marvels

The Anchorage For The World’s Marvels

The Minneapolis Years

(p.40) Chapter 5 The Anchorage For The World’s Marvels
That's Got 'Em!

Mark Berresford

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes Sweatman’s career in Minneapolis, one of the most difficult areas of his career to document due to the absence of any references to his activities in either local mainstream newspapers or the black press. However, what is known with a degree of certainty about this mysterious period is that Sweatman made his first recordings in about 1903, for the Metropolitan Music Company in Minneapolis. He and his band recorded at least two titles on wax cylinders: Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” and Kansas City-born white pianist and bandleader Edward Harry Kelly’s languorous 1901 rag “Peaceful Henry.”

Keywords:   Wilbur C. Sweatman, African American musicians, recordings, Metropolitan Music Company

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