Bill Cheatum (1)
X:1 T:Cheat 'Em T:Bill Cheatum  S:Red Headed Fiddlers (Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas) N:A.L. "Red" Steeley (1893-1969) and J. Warner "Red" Graham M:C| L:1/8 D:County 515, Red Headed Fiddlers - "Mountain Banjo Songs & Tunes" (1968) D:Document DOCD-8038 Red Headed Fiddlers - "Texas Fiddle Bands, vol. 1" (1998) D:Brunswick 470 (78 RPM), Red Headed Fiddlers (1929) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/cheat-em Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A [A_E]-|[=A2=E2][E2c2][E2c2][E2c2]|cBAc BAFB|A-d[d2f2][d2f2][d2=f2]-|[d^f]edf ecBA| E2[E2c2][E2c2][Ec]B|cBAc BAFA|Bcde fgaf|1edcB A2:|2 ecBA A2|| |:"*"ef|ecea fagf |ecea- abaf|ecea fagf|edcB AFEF| +slide+[e2e2]ea fedf|ecef a2(3efg|agab afed|cABA A2:| P:Substitutions: "*" [d2e2]-|[e2e2] ea fefa|gegb agaf|ecea fagf| ...
BILL CHEATUM . AKA – "Bill Cheatem," "Bill Cheatham," "Cheatum," "Cheat 'Em," "Old Bill Cheatum." American, Reel (cut time). USA, widely known. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AA'BB' (Kaufman). Krassen and others note this is a common fiddle tune throughout the Southern part of the United States, where it probably originated (Christeson says he did not hear the tune in Missouri until the mid-1940's). The title ("Old Bill Cheatum") appears in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountains fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. The tune was a fiddle contest "category" tune in 1899 in Gallatin, Tenn.—each fiddler would play a version, with the best rendition being awarded a prize (C. Wolfe, The Devil's Box, vol. 14, No. 4, 12/1/80). The earliest sound recording of the tune is by Texas fiddler Eck Robertson, in 1922, played as part of his "Brilliancy Medley." The Allen Brothers recorded it as "Cheat 'Em," as did the Dallas, Texas-based Red Headed Fiddlers. Tennessee's "Fiddlin' Arthur Smith" recorded it in 1940.
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