While researching for my next extended blog post, I came across a rag I couldn’t resist sharing – Edna Williams’ That Epidemic Rag (1911). How fitting for this unique time in history!*
I tried to find more information about the life and music of Edna Williams, but little information appears to be available on the internet. I came across another song she likely wrote entitled You’ve Made a Home Run With Me (1911) and a collection of more songs from the University of Oregon’s Historic Sheet Music Collection.
I did find two other important musicians by the name of Edna Williams. Edna C. Williams was a beloved soprano vocalist, pianist, and educator. There was also Edna Williams, a trumpet player and member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, perhaps the most prominent all-female band of the Swing Era.
*For the sake of clarity: COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in mid-March.
Learn More About Ragtime
This is a collection of the sources I have used for my research on ragtime. I am always looking for more places to learn, so please let me know if you have any recommendations.