Joseph Lamb

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Birthday
6, 1887
Birthplace
Montclair, NJ
Death Date
Sep 3, 1960 (72)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
6, 1887
Birthplace
Montclair, NJ
Death Date
Sep 3, 1960 (72)

About

The only non-African American of classical ragtime's "Big Three." The other two were James Scott and Scott Joplin. He became known for subverting ragtime's usual four-measure phrase structure.

Before Fame

He taught himself how to play the piano at a very early age. He was employed by a dry goods company after quitting St. Jerome's College in 1904.

Trivia

His career was made when Joplin highly recommended him to ragtime publisher John Stark. His first published work was "Sensation." Joplin arranged it for the printing.

Family Life

He was the youngest of four children. He married Henrietta Schultz in 1911.

Associated With

His music was featured on the January 29, 2000, edition of "A Prairie Home Companion," with host Garrison Keillor relating biographical details of Lamb's life.