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Front door of Nick LaRocca's house in Uptown New Orleans has the opening notes of "Tiger Rag" in the door screen
Front door of Nick LaRocca's house in Uptown New Orleans has the opening notes of "Tiger Rag" in the door screen

"Tiger Rag" is a jazz standard, originally recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917. The Tiger Rag (sometimes referred to as the Victory Flag at Tulane) is a trophy flag made of satin awarded each year to the winner of the Battle for the Rag, the college football matchup between the LSU Tigers and the Tulane Green Wave. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixels, file size: 1. ... Nick LaRocca. ... Uptown is a large area of New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Jazz standard refers to a tune that is widely known, performed, and recorded among jazz musicians. ... Original Dixieland Jass Band (after mid-1917 spelling changed to Jazz) was a New Orleans band which, in 1917, was the first ever to make a jazz recording. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ...

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Origins

The tune was first recorded on 17 August, 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jass Band for Aeolian-Vocalion Records. The Aeolian Vocalion sides did not sell well, as they were recorded in a vertical format becoming obsolete at the time which could not be played successfully on most contemporary phonographs. Their second recording of the tune on 25 March, 1918 for Victor Records, on the other hand, was a smash national hit. The song was credited to O.D.J.B. members Nick La Rocca, Eddie Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields, along with Harry Da Costa. 1921 Vocalion label Vocalion Records was a record label historically active in the United States and in the United Kingdom. ... Tonearm redirects here. ... The Victor Talking Machine Company (1901 - 1929) was a United States corporation, the leading American producer of phonographs and phonograph records and one of the leading phonograph companies in the world at the time. ... Dominic James Nick La Rocca (New Orleans, Louisiana April 11, 1889 - New Orleans February 22, 1961) was an early jazz trumpeter and the leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. ... For other people called Eddie Edwards see Eddie Edwards (disambiguation) Edwin B. Edwards, c. ... Henry Ragas was a jazz pianist who played with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band on their earliest recording sessions. ... Lawrence J. Larry Shields (September 13, 1893 - November 21, 1953) was an early jazz clarinetist. ...


However, other New Orleans, Louisiana musicians claimed that the tune had been a standard in the city even before. Some others even copyrighted the same melody or close variations on it under their own names, including Ray Lopez under the title "Weary Weasel" and Johnny DeDroit under the title "Number Two Blues". A number of veterans of Papa Jack Laine's band said the tune had been known in New Orleans as "Number Two" long before the O.D.J.B. copyrighted it. In one interview, Papa Jack Laine said that the actual composer of the number was Achille Baquet. Punch Miller claimed to have originated the cornet & trombone breaks with Jack Carey, and that from Carey's characteristic growl many locals called the tune "Play Jack Carey". Jelly Roll Morton also claimed to have written the tune, basing part of it on his jazzed up version of an old French quadrille. NOLA redirects here. ... George Vital Laine aka Papa Jack (September 21, 1873 - June 1, 1966) was the most busy and perhaps the most important band leader in New Orleans in the years from the Spanish-American War to World War I. Laine in 1906 Many of the New Orleans musicians who first spread... Ernest Miller aka Punch Miller or Kid Punch Miller(born June 10, 1894 in Raceland, Louisiana; died December 2, 1971) was a Dixieland jazz trumpeter. ... Morton in the 1920s Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton September 20, 1890 - July 10, 1941) was an American virtuoso pianist, bandleader and composer who some call the first true composer of jazz music. ...


While the exact details are unclear, it seems that at least something similar to Tiger Rag or various strains of it was played in New Orleans before the Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded it. How close these were to the O.D.J.B.'s recording is a matter of speculation. The O.D.J.B.'s record seems to have helped solidify a standard a version or head arrangement of the number. Curiously, however, one strain in the O.D.J.B. recordings (just before the famous "hold that tiger" chorus) is almost invariably left out of later recordings and performances of the number.


Continuing use

After Original Dixieland Jass Band records, the tune gained national popularity. Dance band and march orchestrations were published for the benefit of bands that couldn't get the hang of the new "jazz" music. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ...


Hundreds of recordings of the tune appeared in the late 1910s and through the 1920s. Among the more notable is the New Orleans Rhythm Kings version with a clarinet solo by Leon Roppolo. The New Orleans Rhythm Kings were one of the most influential jazz bands of the early/mid 1920s. ... Leon Roppolo (March 16, 1902 – October 5, 1943) was a prominent early jazz clarinetist, best known for his playing with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. ...


The ubiquitous tune even echoed around the ruins of Chichen Itza in the 1920s, as archaeologist Sylvanus Morley played it over and over on his wind up phonograph. Temple of the Warriors Chichen Itza is the largest of the Pre-Columbian archaeological sites in Yucat n, Mexico. ... Photograph taken c. ...


With the coming of sound film, it often appeared on soundtracks of both live action movies and animated cartoons when something very energetic was wanted.


Famous later recordings

Studies in Swing No.1, 1927, with Nat Gonella on solo trumpet. The Studies in Swing are a series of four 78 rpm records released individually in 1927, on Parlophone. ... Nat Gonella was a UK jazz trumpeter and bandleader but also a singer, popular during the 1930s and 1940s. ...


The Mills Brothers became a national sensation with their hit vocal recording of "Tiger Rag" in 1931. The Mills Brothers were a major African-American jazz and pop vocal quartet of the 20th century producing more than 2,000 recordings that sold more than 50 million copies and garnered at least three dozen gold records. ...


That same year the Washboard Rhythm Kings' record of the tune has been listed as anticipatory of rock & roll. The Washboard Rhythm Kings were a loose aggregation of jazz performers, many of high calibre, who recorded as a group for various labels between about 1930 and 1935. ... There are many candidates for the title of the first rock and roll record. ...


Art Tatum made his formidable presence known throughout the jazz community with his 1932 recording of "Tiger Rag". This recording continues to inspire and terrify pianists around the world. Arthur Tatum Jr. ...


During the early 1930s "Tiger Rag" begame a standard showoff piece for Big Band arrangers and soloists, especially in England, where Ambrose, Jack Hylton, Lew Stone, Billy Cotton, Jack Payne, and Ray Noble all made recordings of it. The tune fell from popularity during the Swing era, as it had become something of a cliché. A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... Bert Ambrose (Benjamin Baruch Ambrose) (September 15, 1896 - June 11, 1971), usually just known as Ambrose, was a British musician of the swing and dance band era. ... Jack Hylton (July 2, 1892–January 29, 1965) was an English band leader and impresario. ... Lew Stone, 1898 - 1969, British dance band leader and arranger. ... William Edward Cotton (May 6, 1899 – March 25, 1969), better known as Billy Cotton, was a British band leader and entertainer, one of the few whose orchestra survived the dance band era. ... Ray Noble is a common personal name that can refer to different people: Ray Noble: a baseball player Ray Noble: a musician This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Swing music, also known as swing jazz, is a form of jazz music that developed during the 1920s and had solidified as a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. ...


Django Reinhardt also made a recording of Tiger Rag.


Roy Smeck made several recordings of the Tiger Rag on a ukulele over his career. Cover of a 1928 instructional book for ukulele by Roy Smeck, the Wizard of the Strings. ... The ukulele (Hawaiian: , IPA pronunciation: ; Anglicised pronunciation usually IPA: ), sometimes spelled ukelele (particularly in the UK) or uke, is a chordophone classified as a plucked lute; it is a subset of the guitar family of instruments, generally with four strings or four courses of strings. ...


It was a hit for Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1952. This article is about the musician. ... Mary Ford (aka Colleen Hatfield) (July 7, 1924, Pasadena, California, – September 30, 1977, Arcadia, California), vocalist and guitarist, was one-half of the famed husband-wife musical duo, Les Paul and Mary Ford. ...


In 1954, it was heard as in the MGM cartoon, the Tex Avery-directed Dixieland Droopy, which Droopy plays on his record. It's also what the flea jazz band that gets on Droopy performs in this cartoon. Frederick Bean Fred/Tex Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. ... Dixieland Droopy is a 1954 animated short subject in the Droopy series, directed by Tex Avery and produced by Fred Quimby for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ...


The song was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry in 2002 [1]. The National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings which are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States. ...


Tiger Rag was recently used in a famous ad - the "Banned Xbox 360 Ad: Best Ad Ever!", advertising Xbox 360 console from Microsoft. It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ...


A popular fight song

Many sports teams across America have a tiger as their mascot, and most of them use a version of Tiger Rag as their fight song.


Tiger Rag – "The Song That Shakes the Southland" – is Clemson University's familiar fight song and is performed at all Tiger sporting events, pep rallies and parades. Clemson University is a public, coeducational, land-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. ...


Tiger Rag is a popular song of the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland, though they no longer play the first verse of the song at LSU sporting events because the school's administration is composed primarily of douches. The Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band —also called The Golden Band from Tigerland or simply the Tiger Band—is known by LSU Tiger fans and foes alike for the first four notes of its pregame salute sounded on Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium. ...


It has often been played by Dixieland bands at Detroit Tigers home games, and was particularly popular during the Tigers' runs to the 1934 and 1935 World Series. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett... The 1934 World Series matched the St. ... The 1935 World Series featured the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs, with the Tigers winning in 6 games for their first championship in five Series appearances. ...


Tiger Rag is a secondary fight Song for the University of Missouri-Columbia. The University of Missouri-Columbia (abbreviated UMC and nicknamed Mizzou) is an institution of higher learning located in Columbia, Missouri and is the main campus in the University of Missouri system. ...


The Massillon Tiger Swing Band of Massillon, Ohio began playing Tiger Rag at Massillon Washington High School Tigers football games in 1938 during the period the Tigers were coached by the legendary Paul Brown. It has been a Tiger tradition ever since. [2] Massillon is a city located in Stark County, Ohio. ... Massillon Washington High School, is a secondary school located in Massillon, Ohio (2005 enrollment unconfirmed). ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul Eugene Brown (September 7, 1908 - August 5, 1991) was an athletics coach of American football and a major figure in the development of the National Football League. ...


The Cuyahoga Falls Marching Tiger Band of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio also plays Tiger Rag as one of their main fight songs. [3] Nickname: The Falls, C-Town, C-Falls, Caucasian Falls, CFO Location within the state of Ohio County Summit  - Mayor Don L. Robart Area    - City 66. ...


The Princeton University Band regularly plays the Tiger Rag as a secondary fight song. The Princeton University Band is the number one band in America and serves as the marching band and pep band of Princeton University. ...


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Tiger Rag - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (804 words)
Tiger Rag is a popular tune, originally recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917.
Tiger Rag is a fight song of Louisiana State University.
The Massillon Tiger Swing Band of Massillon, Ohio began playing Tiger Rag at Massillon Washington High School Tigers football games in 1938 during the period the Tigers were coached by the legendary Paul Brown.
Tiger Rag (LSU-Tulane) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (294 words)
Tiger Rag—From left, LSU linebacker Bradie James and Mike the Tiger help LSU Student Body President Patrick McCune and Tulane University Undergraduate Student Body President Ashley Schneider present the new “Tiger Rag” at Tiger Stadium during the LSU-Tulane game Sept. 1, 2001.
The Tiger Rag (sometimes referred to as the Victory Flag at Tulane) is a trophy flag made of satin awarded each year to the winner of the Battle for the Rag college football matchup between the LSU Tigers and the Tulane Green Wave.
It is named after the popular tune Tiger Rag, often played at the football games.
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