Description: Charles Johnson, ragtime musician and composer and arranger, spent most of his life in Kansas City, Missouri. It is believed that he made the first orchestra arrangement for the song "Missouri Waltz" and tried to sell it to music publishers in 1914. Johnson arranged music for the American Royal previous to World War II, was the musical director of the annual "Nit-Wits" show of the University Club, and was an arranger for the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He died at the age of 75 in 1950. Collection contains music manuscripts, both published and in manuscript form, one recording, photos, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia.
Item Type: Finding Aid