Big band trombonist Walter Pee Wee Hunt had the biggest-selling ragtime record ever.
Hunt's 1948 recording of "The 12th Street Rag" for Capitol Records sold 3 million copies.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Hunt also played the banjo and got his first band job at age 16.
During the big band era, he played trombone with the Paul Whiteman and Glen Gray bands.
He joined the Coast Guard during World War II and formed a band to entertain troops on Santa Catalina Island.
After the war, Hunt toured with his own orchestra.
A resident of Kingston, Mass., he died at age 72.