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DOCTOR HECOCK'S. AKA - "Dr. Hekok," "Dr. He Kok," "Dr. Heckock's Jig." American, "Jig" (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCDE. The tune is referred to as a jig, a meaning derived from the English "jigg" meaning a solo dance (as in a 'morris jigg') and bearing no relation to the 6/8 time Irish jig. Minstrel musician and composer Dan Emmett spelled it "Dr. Hekok," while George H. Coes printed it as "Dr. He Kok." The tune can be found in early banjo tutors. It is credited to minstrel Zeke Backus by George H. Coes, about whom little is known save that he performed in San Francisco in the mid-19th century, and was named in a few tunes in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) as well as Coes' 1876 volume (his last name is sometimes given as 'Bacchus' and his first as 'Zeek', short for Ezekiel).

A version called "Doctor Hadock" was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of Bellport, Long Island, NY, ship-builder and fiddler Isaac Homan.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - (James) Buckley (Buckley's New Banjo Method), 1860; p. 66. George H. Coes (Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc.), 1876; p. 10. Dan Emmett (Emmit’s [sic] Celebrated Negro Melodies), London, c. 1844).

Recorded sources : - New World Records NW80338, Vincent Tufo - "The Early Minstrel Show" (1998).




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