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Wilbur Sweatman and his Band (Lost Cylinders)
The cylinders listed below were reputably made for the Metropolitan Music Store in Minneapolis and were possibly issued by the store in limited quantities, but there are no known surviving copies of these cylinders. This is a pity, because it is believed to be the first recording of Scott Joplin‘s Maple Leaf Rag.


Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Maple Leaf Rag
(Scott Joplin)
1903 Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan
Music Store
Peaceful Henry 1903 Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan
Music Store

Wilbur Sweatman and his Band (Lost Cylinders)

Artist Instrument
Dave Johnson Trombone
Laiph Mason Piano
Charlie Minor Trumpet
—– Newton Brass Bass
George Reeves Drums
Wilbur Sweatman Clarinet


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