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X:1 T:Good Night Waltz N:From the playing of the Leake County Revelers (Mississippi), with N:fiddler Wil Gilmer. M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Waltz D: D:Columbia 15189-D (78 RPM), Leake County Revelers (1927. Recorded D:04/1927 in New Orleans, La.). D:Document DOCD 8029, "Leake County Revelers, vol. 1" (1998) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C g6|a6|+slide+ga ge cA|G6|E2G2c2|ea ge cA| B6-|A6|a6|b6|ab ag fd|B3B-A2| G2B2d2| a4^g2|=g6-|g6| g6|a6|+slide+ga ge cA| G6|E2G2c2|[de]-[ee]-[e2e2][e2e2]|B2d2c2|A4B2|c6| d4-^d2|ea ge cA|G2^F2-G2|[G6e6]|[F6d6]|[E6c6]|_B6|| K:F C2F2A-B|cd- d2- dc-|d6|c6| C2F2A-B|cd- d4| +slide+E6-|E6|C2E2E2|G2c2f2|+slide+[e6e6]|{c}d6| c2d2c2|B2c2G2|A2 fg ec|de dc AF|C2F2A-B| cd- d2- dc-|d6|c6| C2F2 F[GA]-|[A6A6]|F2G2F2| D4E2|F6|G4-G[GA]-|[AA]d cA FD|C2=B,2C2| [C6A6]|[B,6G6]|[A,6F6]-|[A,6F6]||

GOODNIGHT WALTZ. AKA - "Good Night Waltz." AKA and see "Mayflower Waltz." American, Waltz. USA, Widely known, esp. in Mid- and Southwest. C Major ('A' part) & F Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Phillips, Silberberg): ABB (Christeson). Mississippi group The Leake County Revelers' version of this tune (backed by "Wednesday Night Waltz") was the second best-selling country music record for the year 1927. The pair of waltzes was covered by West Virginia's Kessinger Brothers (fiddler Clark Kessinger and his nephew Luchas) a year later. "Goodnight Waltz" soon became a country music standard played and recorded by many across the South, Midwest and West. It was learned in the 1930's by Arizona fiddler Kenner C. Kartchner, and Arkansas fiddler Lon Jordon made a home recording of it in 1941. The Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers recorded it in December, 1931. It was recorded for the Library of Congress by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph from Ozarks Mountains fiddlers in the early 1940's. Curiously, a recording of the tune was released in Québec for the French-speaking market with the completely different title "Valse des Amoureux."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "Based on the version by Georgia Slim Rutland" [Maloy/Devil's Box].

Printed sources : - R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 198. Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 16, No. 2, June, 1982; p. 42. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 264. Silberberg (93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at the Tractor Tavern), 2004; p. 16.

Recorded sources : - Brunswick 220 (78 RPM), The Kessinger Brothers (1928). Columbia 15189-D (78 RPM), Leake County Revelers (1927. Recorded D:04/1927 in New Orleans, La.). June Appal 007, Tommy Hunter - "Deep in Tradition" (1976. Learned from his grandfather, James W. Hunter, Madison County, N.C.). Voyager VRCD 344, Howard Marshall & John Williams - "Fiddling Missouri" (1999). Cecil & John Snow - "Old Time Fiddlin' and Pickin'".

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]

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