Jinx Rag

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Jean Knott (1883-1937) worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he drew the popular “Penny Ante” strip and other cartoons. In 1916, he joined the Hearst syndicate.

During the height of his local popularity, a ragtime composition titled “Jinx Rag” was published, and dedicated to the famous cartoonist.

1911 clip

Recent accounts say Lucian Porter Gibson of St. Louis (1890-1959) wrote the piece. But a clip from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, published on Oct. 8, 1911, says Gibson and Jesse Dukes “jointly composed” the song. Little is known about either man. Copies of the score, which was copyrighted in 1915, include the instruction: “Not Fast. Don’t Fake.”

(Originally published March 23, 2016)

2 thoughts on “Jinx Rag

    1. I discovered him when I was looking at archives of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was quite talented.

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