Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

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Ragtime Sheet-Music Art from the Early 1900s

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I love the old sheet music covers from the ragtime era. These eye-catching works of art helped propel sales of popular songs to the public. This cover for “The Neutrality March” by Mike Bernard, The Ragtime King and a major character in my historical novel TEMPTATION RAG, is a real gem.

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Unbelievable Recording from 1912


Mike Bernard, a leading character in my new book, TEMPTATION RAG: A Novel, was one of the most famous musicians of the ragtime era. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to this authentic recording from 1912. It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard . . . well, you’ll recognize parts of it! (To link to the recording, continue to the full blog post.)

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