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Pickles and Peppers and Cornets

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Adeline Shepherd

Adaline Shepherd (arr. William E Rhoads)

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General Info

Year: 1906 / 1979
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Wynn Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $35.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


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Program Notes

It was in Milwaukee that Adaline (Addie) Shepherd presented a ragtime piece to publisher Joseph Flanner. He was impressed enough with what he heard to have the piece notated from her playing, and not only did it become her most famous piano rag, Pickles and Peppers is likely the most popular rag ever written by any woman. Given Shepherd's obscurity in history it is amazing how popular this rag quickly became. It eventually eclipsed 2 million copies, and the hymn-like trio was readily adopted as the official musical theme for the unsuccessful presidential candidacy of William Jennings Bryant in 1908. Pickles and Peppers became as popular with bands as it did with pianists.

- Program Note from Ragtime

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Karl King Municipal Band (Ft. Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold P. Jimmerson, conductor) – 23 July 2017

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