Larry Melton

Larry Melton was a founder of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in 1974 and the Sedalia Ragtime Archive in 1976. He was a Sedalia Chamber of Commerce manager before moving on to Union, Missouri where he is currently helping to conserve the Ragtime collection of the Sedalia Heritage Foundation. Write him at [email protected]
Ragtime Community

Our Ragtime Community

I have been thinking a lot about our ragtime community these past months in forced isolation. Not that I have been unaware of the other

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Harrigan’s Orpheum

I am blowing off the dust this month with Max Morath. There are so many stories from his long career, but I am beginning with

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Bob Darch: Saving Sedalia’s Ragtime Heritage

Stepping Out Of The Shade

As I watch civilization slowly emerge from our pandemic hibernation, I realize we still live in a dangerous world. I find myself in a tentative

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Scott Joplin Autographs

For many admirers, a personally signed autograph is a treasured keepsake. For over fifty years I avidly accumulated these bits of personalized ephemera. It all

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Carolina ’Cue Wars…

Carolina ’Cue Wars…

I believe I have made more valuable and lasting friendships in the past year of so-called social isolation, than I have made in the past

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Railroad Rag

Ragtime and the Railroads

Recently, I have been considering the relationship between ragtime and the railroads more intently than ever. First, because Marcello Piras wrote to inquire about railroad

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Thinking Positive

Like many reading this, I suspect you are nearly overwhelmed by the negativism accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a pessimistic time and for many

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My Musical Family

My column requires a disclaimer this month because frankly, it amounts to little more than a grandfather bragging obnoxiously about his grandchildren. That written, I’ve

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My (Non) Musical Background

My (Non) Musical Background

I am often asked about my background in music, what instruments I play, and when I first became interested. My flippant response is that I

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Appointment in Sedalia

No dusting off this month, only fresh anecdotes and delightful reminiscences. I managed to spend a week at the 38th Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in

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Olympic Instrumentalists

Throughout mid-February, I was suitably entertained watching the Winter Olympics. I thoroughly enjoy the amazing feats of skill, endurance, agility and downright courage the athletes

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