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BOB CHADDUCK'S JIG. AKA and see "King Pin." American, 'Sand Jig'. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A "sand jig" is a designation for a synchopated type of dance tune popular in the mid-19th century; Vic Gammon calls it a "three-part proto-ragtime tune." . It received its name from the practice of sanding the stage to reduce friction and facilitate the brushing of the shoes. "King Pin" is related in the first strain. Provenance for the tune has yet to be determined. It appears in the Scottish collections of Köhler and Kerr, both of which predate Ryan's 1883 collection (1881 and c. 1875, respectively), however in the Köhler's volume (edited by W.B. Laybourn) it is in a section labelled "American Tunes."

The person 'Bob Chadduck' has yet to be identified, but Gammon points out the there was a minstrel troupe called 'Ross, Sprung, Smith, & Chadduck's Minstrels' operating in the 1860's around St. Louis. It is possible, according to Gammon, that Chadduck was, or was related to, a member of the group[1]. The St. Louis Chadduck, however, probably was J.V. Chadduck who in 1863 teamed with a riverboat minstrel, bandleader and composer Joseph William Postlewaite[2] (1827-1889) as Poastlewaite & Chadduck's Minstrels, who performed briefly at Wyman's Hall in that city. Earlier, Chadduck had been a member of 'Postlewaite's, formerly Beler's Campbell Minstrels', a large troupe that performed in 1861. J.V. Chadduck's name is associated with several other Mid-Western minstrel troupes as well.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 80. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 424, p. 48. Köhlers’ Violin Repository, Book 1, 1881-1885; p. 77. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 113.

Recorded sources: - Fellside FECD276, Vic Gammon & Friends - "Early Scottish Ragtime" (2016).



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  1. Vic Gammon, liner notes to "Early Scottish Ragtime," Fellside Recordings FECD276, 2016.
  2. See James E, Brunson, Black Baseball, 1858-1900 2019, p. 1331. Postlewaite, described as a 'mulatto' (mixed-race) and native of Missouri, was a fascinating character who seemed to have moved in and out of identification and/or commerce with both races.