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The Sting's Ragtime Soundtrack Hits #1

1974

The Sting soundtrack, featuring Marvin Hamlisch's adaptations of Scott Joplin's ragtime piano tunes, hits #1 in America, where it stays for five weeks.

The film, set in 1930s Chicago, stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as grifters who plan an elaborate con against a powerful mob boss. The plot unfolds to the jaunty piano rags of Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime, whose tunes were popular in the early 1900s - long before the story's setting. Despite the historical inaccuracy, the ebullient music is a perfect fit for Newman and Redford's mischievous scheming. As a result, the soundtrack is a #1 hit and renews interest in ragtime. Hamlisch's adaptation of Joplin's "The Entertainer" - the movie's main theme - is also a #3 hit on the Hot 100. The soundtrack's reign comes on the heels of The Sting's triumph at the Academy Awards, where it won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Redford thinks the film's success has a lot to do with its ragtime score, and even credits the music for his performance: "The music that George Roy Hill applied to The Sting, Scott Joplin… George played that music for me before we did the film. So it went into my head. So as I was playing the character, I heard that music which gave me a physical impulse. I believe that music is extremely important in film."

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