George L. Cobb (1886 - 1942)
United States (USA)
George Linus Cobb (August 31, 1886?December 25, 1942) was a prolific composer best known for ragtime, including both instrumental compositions and ragtime songs, although he did produce other works including marches and waltzes. Jack Yellen was a frequent lyricist for the songs.
Entering Syracuse University in 1905, his first composition were published shortly after. His most famous work is The Russian Rag based (rather loosely) on Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.3, No.2. This wonderful piece was composed after a friend apparently "dared" Cobb to try and make a rag out of the pi ... (Read all)