X:1 T:Big Bully S:The Stripling Brothers, Charlie (1896-1966) and Ira (1898-1967), west Alabama. M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Fast" R:Country Rag or Reel D:Decca 5291 (78 RPM), The Stripling Brothers (1936) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/big-bully Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C "*"(^f2|g)(^fg)g ageg|aged c3[de]-|[ee][de]-[ee]d- dcA2|F3 F- F2[G2A2]-| [AA]ccd- dcA2|Gc2c e3(^c|d)ee^f- fga2|g4 =f3g-| g(^fg)g age2|aged c3[de]-|[ee][de]-[ee]d- dcA2|F3 F- F2[G2A2]-| [AA]ccd- dcA2|Gc2c e3 (g|a)gag- gfe2|c3c c2:|| P:Substitution: "*"z2|c'bc'a- age2|aged c3
BIG BULLY. American, Country Rag/Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The tune is from a March, 1936, recording session for Decca Records in New Orleans by the Stripling Brothers, Charlie (1896-1966) and Ira (1898-1967), from Pickens/Lamaar counties, west Alabama. They were encouraged by the record company to do original numbers or ones not recorded before, but their "Big Bully" title seems to indicate a willingness to capitalize on the success of "Bully in the Town," a popular 1926 recording by the north Georgia group The Skillet Lickers and others. "Bully of the Town," however, was a composed song by Charles E. Trevathan in 1895 for the New York stage show The Widow Jones.