Alexander's Ragtime Band

This 1911 record made by the Victor Military Band is very well recorded and gives an idea of the fast pace the song used to be played at. This is one song that many survivors recall being played on the night of the sinking. In fact it is not ragtime at all. But is the beginning of the new dance band craze that would sweep the world with songs that would follow like Ballin' the jack and many others that would eventually lead to what was soon called Jass, and later changed to Jazz.

Listen to the 1911 recording of Alexander's Ragtime Band (Real Audio® - 2.46

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Courtesy of the Edison Museum, Menlo Park, New Jersey (© 2002)

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Samples reflect the recording methods of the day. No digital enhancement has been applied.


Edison Museum, Menlo Park, New Jersey
Jack Stanley, USA

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