Ragtime is an American musical genre with a special rhythm. Historians believe ragtime began when Tony Jackson published "Michigan Waters" in 1892. This rhythm is a steady bass with an improvised melody. The piano is the instrument used to play ragtime.
Ragtime was formed or evolved from gospel music, minstrel shows, plantation songs, cake walks, banjo playing, and black folk music. Ragtime was most popular between 1897 and World War I. The word "ragtime" was first used in 1893 in the music "Ma Ragtime Baby".
Ragtime and jazz are similar because they both use gospel and are played by African-Americans. Some famous composers of ragtime are Scott Joplin, Thomas Turpin, James Scott, and Eubie Banks. Scott Joplin was known as "The King of Ragtime".
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