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MORATH, Max

(b 1 Oct. '26, Colorado Springs CO) Pianist; ragtime revivalist already at it long before a Scott Joplin rag was used in the film The Sting '73. His mother played piano in silent cinemas; he studied piano and composition, worked in radio and TV, in summer stock theatre; wrote/performed National Educational Television series The Ragtime Era '59--60, Turn Of The Century '61--2; toured USA with shows Ragtime Revisited '64--7, Max Morath At The Turn Of The Century (after four-month off-Broadway run), etc; touring show Living A Ragtime Life late '80s was 'the nearest thing to a high-class vaudeville show that exists in this country' according to UPI (recording on Solo Art). Morath has edited six collections of ragtime music for publication; recorded for Epic, New World Records; on Vanguard: The Great American Piano Bench, two-disc sets Plays Ragtime, Best Of Scott Joplin And Others. On RCA with These Charming People and with William Bolcom and Joan Morris in More Rodgers And Hart, with Morris on Till The Clouds Roll By (songs with words by P. G. Wodehouse).