Bessie E. Rudisill  (1884-1957)
Last updated: 30.06.21
Bessie E. Rudisill was an American pianist/organist and composer of popular music. Born in Rensselear, Missouri, she was raised in a musical family in New London, Missouri, and played in her father's string orchestra there as well being the organist for the Baptist Young People when only 14. When 20-years old, her family moved to St. Louis enabling her to work in the Crawford Department Store music department. Her 12 published works include rags, two steps, a song and other pieces. She is perhaps best known for her Eight O'Clock Rush (1911). She later moved to Los Angeles, California where she worked as a theatre organist.

url15.gif Bessie E. Rudisill Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
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Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif Nora Hulse Cake Walks, Two Steps and Rags by Women Composers
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cd15.gif Margot Dilmaghani Gardens of the Heart flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE605 Ain't I Lucky? (1905) - A Ragtime Two-Step
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 2½ mins.
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DBE606 Burning Rags (1904) - Two Step
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3½ mins.
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DBE607 The Eight O'Clock Rush (1911) - Rag
T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
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DBE608 Way Down East (1902) - Characteristic Two Step
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¼ mins.
1-2 days
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Ain't I Lucky? (1905) D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Burning Rags (1904) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Eight O'Clock Rush (1911), The T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
sm15.gif Way Down East (1902) A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gifwvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 9 works by Bessie E. Rudisill (1884-1957). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Way Down East 1902  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Bright Eyes 1904  wvicon.gif
Burning Rags 1904  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Ain't I Lucky? 1905  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Inez 1907  wvicon.gif
Eight O'Clock Rush, The 1911  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Polka Dots 1912  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg
Japanese Novelty ?
Prince Henry ?
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg Ain't I Lucky? 2:06 Ragtime Dorian Henry B.E. Rudisill  Ain't I Lucky? (1905)
youtube15.jpg Burning Rags 2:51 Ragtime Dorian Henry B.E. Rudisill  Burning Rags (1904)
youtube15.jpg The Eight O'Clock Rush 3:38 Ragtime Dorian Henry B.E. Rudisill  The Eight O'Clock Rush (1911)
youtube15.jpg Polka Dots 1:41 Ragtime Dorian Henry B.E. Rudisill 
youtube15.jpg Way Down East 2:16 Ragtime Dorian Henry B.E. Rudisill  Way Down East (1902)