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X:1 T:Fort Worth Rag N:Benny Thomasson (1909-1984, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Tx.). The piece was N:played by a generation of master Texas fiddlers, including Norman Solomon N:and Major Franklin. M:C| L:1/8 R:Country Rag D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:F A,B,|CFDC A,CDE|FA F2 [F4c4]|a2ga fcAc|[c6e6](3A,B,=B,| CDEF GABG|Be2B e4|d2cd cA(FG| [A6c6])A,B,| CFDC A,B,CD|FAA,2 [F4c4]|a2ga fdc-^c|[d4f4]-[d2f2] (d/c/B/A/| B)dgB dgBd|AcfA cfAc|ecAd cGEC|[C2F2][C4F4]:| fafd egec|dcAF cdcA|BdAG FGEF|D=B,CD EFGA| gage fafd|ege(B/c/ d2)d2|(3dcB AB dcAF|[F6A6][ce]-[cf]-| [c3f3][cf]- [d3f3][ce]-|[c4e4]- [ce]AFc|a2ga fc-^c2|[d2f2][B4f4]b2| agfe gfec|fedc edcA|dcAG (3GFE (3DCB,|[A,6F6]||

FORT WORTH RAG. AKA and see: "Texas Serenade." American, Country Rag (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. "Fort Worth Rag" was in the repertoire of a generation of Texas fiddlers whose hey-day was in the mid-20th century, including Benny Thomasson (1909-1986), Major Franklin, and Vernon Solomon. Perhaps the earliest sound recording of the tune was in Oct., 1929, in Dallas, Texas, for Victor, by mandolinist Forrest A. Turner accompanied by guitar player Leoneard C. Fulwider, who went by the name of Jack Crawley's Oklahoma Ridge Runners. The side was released by Victor in January, 1930. A tune by this name was also recorded by the Light Crust Doughboys (Clifford Gross and Kenneth Pitts on fiddles) Vocalion Records in April, 1935, but the side was unissued. The tune was popular enough that Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers capitalized on the name by issuing "New Fort Worth Rag" (written by Andy Schroder & Bill Boyd)

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Jeanine Orme (Herman Johnson Master Fiddler: 39 Solos- America's Legendary Fiddler), 2015.

Recorded sources : - Gleeful Records GL 003, Hollis Taylor - "Twisted Fiddle" (1991. Appears as "Texas Serendade"). Old Blue Records OB 701, Vernon Solomon - "Solomon Family: Three Generations of Champion Texas Fiddlers" (2004). Victor V-40175-A (78 RPM), Jack Cawley's Oklahoma Ridge Runners (1930).

See also listing at :
Hear Benny Thomasson's home recording at Slippery Hill [1]

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