Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation of this rag for the movie, The Sting, in 1976 was responsible for bringing the music of Scott Joplin back to the attention of the public. It was originally dedicated to the vaudeville entertainer, James Brown, and, although I was unable to get any information about this person, in arranging it I had in mind an elegant "soft-shoe" performer. In order to bring out the beautiful melodies I have decided on a slower tempo for this tune.