FRANKIE. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, north-eastern Ky. A Major ('A' part) & D Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. The tune was in the repertoire of Buddy Thomas's grandfather, Jimmy Richmond, although Thomas learned it from the whistling of his mother. Mark Wilson (1976) notes that the tune is related to Pete Riley's tune "Rattlesnake" and to a tune called "Boatin' Up Sandy" played by a Portsmouth, Ohio, fiddler.
Source for notated version: Buddy Thomas (1934-1974, Emmerson, Lewis County, Ky., 1973) [Milliner & Koken, Phillips, Titon].
Printed sources: Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 220. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 92. Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 46, p. 78.
Recorded sources: Field Recorders Collective FRC 303, "Buddy Thomas: Recordings from the collection of Dave Spilkia & Ray Alden" (2015). Rounder 0032, Buddy Thomas (northeast Ky.) - "Kitty Puss: Old-Time Fiddle Music From Kentucky" (1976). Rounder SS-0145, Buddy Thomas (northeast Ky.) - "Traditional Music on Rounder: A Sampler" (1981. A different recording than on Rounder 0032).