|Arthur O. Marshall, Sedalia, MO Composer|
Marshall was born on a farm in Saline County, Missouri, the son of Emily Marshall, a washerwoman, and Edward Marshall, who had no discernible career, on November 20, 1881. A few years later his family moved to Sedalia, Missouri because black children were allowed to attend school nine months a year there as opposed to the three months allowed blacks elsewhere, and the Sedalia townspeople were reportedly more acceptable of African Americans. The Marshalls lived at 135 West Henry Street. Marshall attended elementary school in Sedalia. He was only fifteen years old when Scott Joplin first arrived in Sedalia. Joplin took up residence with the Marshall family, and before long both Marshall and Scott Hayden, a Lincoln High School classmate of Marshall, became Joplin's protégés.
|Scott Joplin, Sedalia, MO - In 1976, Joplin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize.|
learning music theory. Marshall graduated from the Teacher's Institute with a teaching license, however, it seems that he chose to pursue a career as a performer.
During 1901 and 1902, Marshall lived in the Joplin home in St. Louis, along with Scott Hayden, Hayden's wife Nora, Joplin's wife Belle, and Joplin's brother Will. During this time, Nora and Will died.
Marshall continued to play in various tours and contests, both in St. Louis and at places such as Chicago. In 1903, despite flagrant racial discrimination, Marshall worked at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair), playing piano at the Spanish Cafe where he earned $12 per week plus tips until he was replaced by a band.
and "The Lily Queen" (copyrighted November 7, 1907),
Marshall apparently married four times during his life.
Latisha (or Letitia) Howell, in St. Louis circa 1904
Maude McMannes, in St. Louis
Julia Jackson, in Chicago, with whom he had three children, two girls (one being Mildred Steward) and one boy. Julia died in childbirth in 1916.
Odell Dillard (Childs), in Kansas City on November 25, 1919
|"Swipesy Cakewalk"||1900||With Scott Joplin|
|"Lily Queen"||1907||By Marshall, edited by Joplin|
|"Ham and !"||1908|
|"The Glory of the Cubs"||1908|
|"Silver Arrow Rag"||1949|
|"National Prize Rag"||1950|
|"Century Prize"||c. 1966|
|"Silver Rocket"||c. 1966|
|"I'll Wait Until My Dream Girl Comes Again"||1974||Published posthumously|
|"Little Jack's Rag"||1976||Published posthumously|
|"The Miracle of a Birth"||1980||Published posthumously|