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DEAN'S FAVORITE. Old-Time, Air (4/4). USA, Virginia. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The title comes from Alan Jabbour, named for the son of Glen Lyn, Virginia, fiddler Henry Reed (1884-1968), the source for the tune. Dean is the brother of James Reed, Jabbour's friend and accompanist, and, since he frequently requests the tune and it has no title, Jabbour christened it in his honor. It was originally perhaps a ragtime-tinged song air, perhaps a tin-pan-alley song.
Source for notated version: Alan Jabbour, from Henry Reed [Silberberg].
Printed sources: Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 34.