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GEORGIA CAMP MEETING. Old-Time, Cake-Walk. USA, Virginia. A cake walk, say Barry Poss and Tom Carter, is a type of tune associated with "a popular dance craze which probably entered southern tradition around the turn of the century. The original tune was the work of prolific composer Kerry Mills (1869-1948), who published it in 1897 to be played as a cakewalk, two-step or polka. Mills, say Carter & Poss, was "steeped in the strong march tradition of the 19th century", and others identify that he helped bridge the two-step dance and the emerging styles of cakewalk and early ragtime. The colony of Georgia was named in honor of King George II, in 1732.

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Recorded sources: County 201, Tump Spangler - "The Old Virginia Fiddlers:...Patrick County, Virginia." County 532, Leake County Revelers - "Saturday Night Breakdown: 1927-1930 Recordings" (1975). CD, Alan Jabbour, James Reed, Bertram Levy - "A Henry Reed Reunion" (2002). Renovation 7003, "Cakewalks, Rags and Blues" (a 1908 version by John Phillip Sousa and band).




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