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X:1 T:General Jackoo M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson -- Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (London, 1788, p. 15) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D fadf|gbed|ceAc|df/g/ ag|fdfd|ceac|Ba^gb|a2A2:| |:ABAB|cdef|gfed|c/d/e/c/ AA|ABcd|efgf|ed {f}(ed/c/)|d2D2:|]

GENERAL JACKOO. English, Country Dance (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. General Jackoo was a celebrated performing monkey of the London stage whose hey-day was in the mid-1780's, although he is mentioned as early as 1768. A bill for Astley's Ampitheatre of 1785 (now at the Huntingon Library) advertised:

General Jackoo, the celebrated Monkey from Paris, will, for the first time this season, change the whole of his dress in a surprising manner, and perform his war maneuvers, dance on the Tight Rope with fetters on his feet &c.

It was said that Jackoo could also smoke a cigar and juggle while dancing on a tightrope. Astley seemed to know a good thing, for Jackoo had a long-term engagement at his London Ampitheater, and also toured with Astley's Circus. In 1785 his act was a sensation in Paris, and he became renowned across the Continent.

"General Jackoo" was entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter (1774-1861), a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England.

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Printed sources : - Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourtie Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; p. 15. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 281, p. 103 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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