St Louisan Trebor Jay Tichner, one of the foremost American performers and historians of ragtime music, suffered a stroke on Dec 1st. I’d like to acknowledge his contribution to the maintenance of our musical heritage, not to mention all that he, Al Stricker and their group The St Louis Ragtimers have done for St Louis over the past 50 years. So here’s a stellar clip of Trebor at his best (1986, Goldenrod Showboat, St Louis National Ragtime Festival) performing Scott Joplin’s Pineapple Rag:
Alicia Withers and Grizelda Skinner were frequent attendees at the National Ragtime Festival and would approve. We include Trebor in our prayers and wish him a speedy recovery.
Thanks to Tom Dunn at Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises , we have this Metro Retro photo taken on 4240 Olive Street in 1961. I’m sure it, like the video above, will bring back memories for the older Rumpians.
This photo from the Metro Transit Blog notes that Barbara Streisand, age 18, then did a 3 week stint at the Crystal Palace. The posting adds that “Others who took the Crystal’s stage included Lenny Bruce, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Woody Allen, Phyllis Diller, the Smothers Brothers and Dick Gregory”. Pretty impressive lineup.
The Chamberlain and his entire staff extend their best wishes to the clan for a Merry Christmas. Many of them will be travelling north (!) for the holiday and will provide snow-filled images in the unlikely event that they survive.