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X:1 T:Betty Ann N:Transcribed by Frank Maloy, based on John Ashby's version M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel N:AEac# tuning (fiddle) B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 18, No. 4, Winter 1984 (p. 49) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A {B}[ce]>[de] [ce][c/e/][B/e/]|[A/e/][B/e/][ce] [Ae]>[Be]|[ce][A/e/][c/e/] [B/e/][A/e/][E/A/][D/A/]|[E/A/][F/A/][=GA] [D2A2]| {B}[ce]>[de] [ce][c/e/][B/e/]|[A/e/][B/e/][ce] [ce]>[Be]|[Ae][A/e/][c/e/] [B/e/][A/e/][E/A/][D/A/]|"E7"[E/A/][D/A/][E/A/][F/A/] "A"[=GA]|| [=G/A/][E/A/]|[D/A/][E/A/][=G/A/][E/A/] [=GA][A/e/[B/e/]|[c/e/][B/e/][A/e/][D/A/] [EA][DA]|[B/D/][D/A/][E/A/][F/A/] [=G2A2]|[c/e/][B/e/][A/e/][D/A/] [EA][DA]| {E}[=G3A3][Ae]|[Be]<[Ae] {B}[c2e2]-|[c2e2]-[ce][c/e/][d/e/]|[c/e/][B/e/][Ae] "E7"[EA][=GA]|"A"[Be][A3c3]| "A"[A/e/][A=g][A/a/] [Ag][Ag]-|[A/=g/][A/e/][A/f/][A/a/] [Ag][Ag]-|[A=g][A/g/][A/a/] [A/g/][A/e/][c/e/][A/e/]|[B/e/][A/e/][E/A/][=G/A/] [D2A2]| "A"[A/e/][A=g][A/a/] [Ag][Ag]-|[A/=g/][A/e/][A/f/][A/a/] [Ag][Ag]-|[A=g][A/g/][A/a/] [A/g/][A/e/][c/e/][A/e/]|"E"[B/e/][A/e/][E/A/][F/A/] "A"[=G2A2]|| |:"A"[=G,3D3][A/e/][B/e/]|[ce]>[Be] [c/e/][B/e/][Ae]|[=G,3D3]"+"e|"+"[Ae][DA] "E"[E/A/][D/A/][E/A/][F/A/]|"A"[=G4A4]:|

BETTY ANN. AKA and see "Polly Ann," "Pretty Polly Ann." American, Reel (cut time). A Major. AEac# tuning (fiddle). The tune is possibly a variant of the song "Little Betty Ann". It was recorded for Columbia under the above title on a 78 RPM by fiddler Jesse Ashlock on 12/11/1947; Ashlock credits the tune to John Wills, the father of his former employer Bob Wills. A tune by this name was recorded by north Virginia fiddler John Ashby (1915-1979). See also Fiddlin' Arthur Smith's cognate version, Polly Ann<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/p/e/pe77t60i1x6rq3wgm7oxdgxaqn5otra/pe77t60i.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/p/e/pe77t60i1x6rq3wgm7oxdgxaqn5otra/pe77t60i.png" width="615" height="54" alt=" X:1 M:C| L:1/8 K:A {B}[c2c2][c2c2][cc]BA2|[cc]BA2 [c3c3]B |cBAc BAFE|FA2B A2[B2c2]| "/></div>

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 18, No. 4, 1984; p. 49.

Recorded sources : - County 773, John Ashby and the Free State Ramblers - "Fiddling by the Hearth" (1979).

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