|"Play Them Ragtime Boos"
Season 1-Syndicated, Episode 3
Aired: Thursday November 26, 1987
Writer: Michael Reaves, Steve Perry
On a trip to New Orleans, the Ghostbusters encounter Malachai, the spirit of a trumpet player from 1942, who causes time to go back on itself. Is rock and roll the answer to stopping him?
- Title Reference: Ragtime is a musical genre that enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and 1918. Its main characteristic trait is its syncopated, or "ragged," rhythm. It began as dance music in the red-light districts of African American communities in St. Louis and New Orleans years before being published as popular sheet music for piano. Ernest Hogan was an innovator and key pioneer who helped develop the musical genre, and is credited with coining the term ragtime. The ragtime composer Scott Joplin became famous through the publication in 1899 of the "Maple Leaf Rag" and a string of ragtime hits such as "The Entertainer" that followed.