Jenning's Champion Clog

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JENNINGS' CHAMPION CLOG. AKA and see "Bricklayer's Hornpipe (1)," "Hornpipe (56)," "Lone Star Clog," "Miss Worgman's Hornpipe," "Monogram Hornpipe," "Queen Hornpipe (The)." American, Clog. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. It seems likely the title "Jenning's Champion" in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) refers to dancer John Jennings, of whom Edward Le Roy Rice says in his book Monarchs of Minstrelsy (New York, 1911):

MANCHESTER AND JENNINGS worked harmoniously as a team for eighteen years, during Which period they were associated with some of the best minstrel organizations travelling. As a black-face comedy act they were among the leaders. Their first join appearance was in 1870. About 1874 they joined Washburn's Last Sensation, remaining two seasons. September 27, 1875, they made their first appearance with Hooley, Haverly and Maguire's Minstrels in Chicago. Subsequently they were members of Kelly and Leon's Company, and then-and then-unable to wait another day-they launched forth Manchester and Jenning's Minstrels in the Spring of 1878. Without going into details, it may be said that the season was a backward one that year. The Partnership lasted until the death of Johnny Jennings.

Bobby Manchester made his debut on the stage in 1865 with Newcomb's Minstrels. September 24, 1886, he gave the first performance of his "Night Owls" Burlesque Company; since which date he has been prominently identified with the burlesque world. Bob Manchester (Aaron Mills), was born in Gloversville, N.Y., July 2, 1853.

Johnny Jennings was an exceptionally clever dancer; he made his first appearance in his native City at old Farrar Hall about 1864. About a year later he joined Morris Brothers, Pell and Trowbridge's Minstrels in Erie, and subsequently appeared with them in their Boston theatre. He continued with this company for an extended period, part of which time as Collins, Queen and Jennings, they did an act called the "Alabama Triplets." Mr. Jennings is reputed to have been the original skate dancer, in which he was marvellously adept. John Jennings was born in Erie, Pa., about 1857; he died there, November 7, 1888.

The tune appears in Ira Ford's Traditional Music in America (1940) as "Lone Star Clog." However, the earliest appearance of the tune was in Blackman's A Selection of the Most Favorite Hornpipes for the Violin (c. 1810-22) under the title "Miss Worgman's Hornpipe," named for a stage dancer.


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 120. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 158.






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