X:1 T:Cruel Willie N:From the playing of fiddler Howard "Big Howdy" Forrester (1922-1987, Vernon, N:Tenn.), a long-time member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys. M:C| L:1/8 R:March N:DDad tuning N:Drone liberally Q:"Moderate" N:Play AABBCC N:"+" = pizzicato note D:Cub LP 8008, Howdy Forrester - "Fancy Fiddlin' Country Style" (1960) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/cruel-willie Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D AB|d4 ((3efe) df|e+slide+d-d2- d-BAB|d3e dBAF|+slide+[A6A6] AB| d3e dBAB|d2 Bd AFE-D|F3B AF (E/F/E)|1D6:|2D8|| |:E-F-F2- F3 ((3E/F/E/D)|[G2A2]-[A2A2]- [A2A2]D2|+slide+F3B AF (E/F/E)|1D6:|2 D8|| "+".d2"+".A2 zF E-D| [G2A2]-[A2A2]- [A2A2]D2|"+".d2"+".d2 zF((3E/F/E/)|1D8:|2 D6||
CRUEL WILLIE. American, March (cut time). D Major. DDad tuning (fiddle). Learned from Fiddlin' Arthur Smith (1898-1971) by Nashville session fiddler Howard "Big Howdy" Forrester (1922-1987), to whom it is sometimes attributed. However, Forrester credited Smith for the tune when he re-recorded it for the Stoneway label, although the older musician never recorded it himself. Forrester's version proved durable and has been fairly frequently recorded by others, such as the Bing Brothers and Junior Daugherty. Lester Woodie used to play it with the Stanley Brothers in the 1950's. Words were set to Forrester's version of the tune in the 1970's by Bill Caswell (formerly of Nashville, now an Oklahoman), which versions are also frequently recorded (e.g. by the Bing Brothers and others).