William H. Krell  (1873-1933)
Last updated: 02.05.17
According to many sources, William H. Krell was a white Chicago bandleader whose place in ragtime history is assured by being credited with being the first to publish a composition with the word "rag" in its title, namely Mississippi Rag (1897). The cover was also records the first publication of the word "rag-time". The pundits point out however that it was not actually a true rag, but a cakewalk. Whatever its merits, Mississippi Rag continues to this day to be widely performed and recorded by all manner of artists ranging from solo pianists to brass quintets. One year later in 1898 Krell's Shake Yo' Dusters or Piccaninny Rag, which has genuine ragtime elements, was published thus asserting his position in the roots of ragtime.
Note: The Internet seems to be equally divided regarding Krell's year of birth placing it as either 1868 or 1873. For convenience the latter is given here.


Websites :
url15.gif William H. Krell Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD
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Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Black Swan Classic Jazz Band on "Ragtime Revelry" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom on "Sweet Sixteenths: A Ragtime Concert" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Original Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Original Ragtime/Original Boogie Woogie/Original Piano Blues" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Le Ragtime" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Evergreen Ragtime Trio on "It's a Rouser" flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Good Time Jazz Story" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath on "Jonah Man: A Tribute to Bert Williams" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Knuckles O'Toole on "Knuckles O'Toole: Plays The Greatest All-Time Ragtime Hits" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "More Candy" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Squeek Steele on "Ragtime Volume One" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif St. Louis Ragtimers on " The St. Louis Ragtimers: Volume 4" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor on "Ragtime Reunion"
cd15.gif Terry Waldo on "Ragtime Classics Vol. 1" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Richard Zimmerman on "The Roots of Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
Brass Music CDs:
cd15.gif Avatar Brass Quintet on "Magnetic Rags: Ragtime for Brass" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Eastern Brass Quintet on "Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Harmonic Brass Munich on "There's a man" flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE935 Arbutus Waltz (1897)
A/T/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B), approx. 6½ mins.
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DBE936 The Cake Walk Patrol (1895) - Two-Step
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4½ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE937 The First Extra (1895) - Waltzes
D/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 5 mins.
1-2 days
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DBE938 The Mississippi Rag (1897) - Two-Step
A/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 4¾ mins.
1-2 days
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DBE939 Shake Yo' Dusters (1898) - Piccaninny Rag Two-Step
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
1-2 days
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     Title Instruments Remarks
       
sm15.gif Arbutus Waltz (1897) A/T/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif The Cake Walk Patrol (1895) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif The First Extra (1895) D/A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif The Mississippi Rag (1897) A/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Shake Yo' Dusters (1898) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 17 works by William H. Krell (1873-1933). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

Our Carter (1893)
The American Girl Battle Ship (1898)
The Cake Walk Patrol (1895) wvicon.gif
Fighting Bob Evans (1898)
A Dream of the Ball (1895)
Finnigan Cadets (1898)
The First Extra (1895) wvicon.gif
Shake Yo' Dusters (1898) wvicon.gif
Strolling on the Beach (1895)
Shake Yo' Dusters - Song (1898)
The Time He Loves the Best (1895)
Cyrano (1899)
Arbutus Waltz (1897) wvicon.gif
The Bowery Spielers (1900)
The Mississippi Rag (1897) wvicon.gif
The Senator (1901)
Summer Girl Waltzes (1897)