Composed in 1906 by Charles L. Johnson, this was the first million selling rag for the Jerome Remick Co., one of New York's "Tin Pan Alley" publishers. It established the folk ragtime style (often referred to as "Missouri Valley Ragtime") of Charles L. Johnson, who also composed many rags under the pseudonym Raymond Birch. Charles Leslie Johnson (1876-1950) was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on December 3, 1876. After the success of DillPickles Rag, he started his own publishing house which prospered until Harold Rossiter bought it in August of 1910. As with all ragtime, play it evenly, never "swinging" nor rolling the notes.