Les C. Copeland

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Leslie C. Copeland
Cabbage Copeland.jpg
cover art from Cabbage Leaf Rag sheet music
Background information
Birth name Leslie C. Copeland
Born June 4, 1887
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Died March 3, 1942
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Genres Vaudeville, Ragtime
Occupation(s) Composer and pianist
Instruments Piano
Years active 1909–1917

Leslie C. Copeland (June 4, 1887 – March 3, 1942) was an American composer and pianist. As a boy, he played in Lew Dockstader's minstrel troupe, the Lew Dockstader Minstrels.[1] He later sold ragtime compositions to Jerome H. Remick and others. Some of his performances are preserved on piano rolls. He died in San Francisco, California.


His playing and composing style was very distinctive, harkening back to the earliest days of ragtime.

  • Cabbage Leaf Rag
  • Invitation Rag
  • The Dockstader Rag
  • 38th Street Rag (Les Copeland's Rag)
  • 42nd Street Rag (with Jack Smith)
  • French Pastry Rag
  • Bees and Honey Rag
  • Race Track Blues
  • Rocky Mountain Fox
  • Twist and Twirl
  • Ivoryland

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edwards, Bill. "Leslie Crawford Copeland". ragpiano.com. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  • Jasen, David A.; Trebor Jay Tichenor (1978). Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History. New York, NY: Dover Publications, Inc. pp. 55–58. ISBN 0-486-25922-6.