Calvin Woolsey

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Calvin Woolsey
Birth name Calvin Lee Woolsey
Born December 26, 1883[1]
Tinney's Point, Missouri, U.S.[2]
Died November 12, 1946[2]
Braymer, Missouri, U.S.[2]
Genres Ragtime
Occupation(s) Physician, composer and pianist
Instruments Piano
Years active 1909 – 1918
Notable instruments

Calvin Woolsey (December 26, 1883 – November 12, 1946) was an American physician and pianist.


Woolsey was the middle of three children born to Napoleon and Gertrude Woolsey. He was raised in Tinney Grove, Missouri, just south of the city of Braymer. He earned a medical degree from the University of Missouri and did his post-graduate work at Harvard Medical School. He joined the Army Medical Corps during World War I and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant.[1]

He composed rags in the folk ragtime style that was popular around 1900. He sold two of these to Jerome H. Remick and self-published several others. He also published a waltz and a march.

He died at home, in 1946, of a coronary thrombosis.[1]


cover art from sheet music for "Medic Rag" (1910)
  • "Funny Bones" (rag, 1909)
  • "Dissatisfied" (1910)
  • "Poison Rag" (1910)
  • "Medic Rag" (1910)
  • "Peroxide Rag" (1910)
  • "Mashed Potatoes" (rag, 1911)
  • "Bill Johnson" (1912)
  • "Purple and White" (march, 1913)
  • "Lover's Lane Glide" (rag, 1914)
  • "Hearts Across The Sea" (waltz, 1918)

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  1. ^ a b c Edwards, Bill. "Calvin Lee Woolsey". Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Jasen, David A.; Trebor Jay Tichenor (1978). Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History. New York, NY: Dover Publications, Inc. pp. 61–64. ISBN 0-486-25922-6. 

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