Little Betty Brown (1)

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X:1 T:Little Betty Brown [1] N:From the playing of Clark Kessinger (1896-1975, N:Lincoln County, W.Va.) M:C| L:1/8 N:Kessinger is a very inventive fiddler and varies each part N:of the tune every time he repeats it. D:Brunswick 580 (78 RPM), The Kessinger Bros. (1929) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/little-betty-brown-0 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D f-|f2 fg fede|fd e2 d3(e|f)afe dABc|d6 z(e| f2)a2f2de|fd e2 d4|egfe dA B2|1 A6z:|2A6 ([FA][GA]|| [A2A2])Ad Bcdf|ed[d2f2][d4f4]|egfe dABc|d6 (B/c/B)| A2 Ad Bcde|fde2 (d2[d2f2])|egfe dABd|1A6 [FA]-[GA]:|2A6z||



LITTLE BETTY BROWN [1]. American, Reel (cut time). USA, West Virginia, Texas. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. See also the related melody "Angeline the Baker." An old pop song recorded on a 78 RPM by Kanawha County, West Virginia, fiddler Clark Kessinger (1896–1975) and his nephew Luches, in New York, June, 1929. The recording was released in Canada on the Minerva label with the performers listed as "The Oldtimers". A distanced version of the tune (the first strains are cognate) was recorded by Bob Wills, Milton Brown, and other Texas swing bands (for which see "Little Betty Brown (2)"). "Hawk Got a Chicken" has some similar melodic material, particularly at the end phrases, as does the similarly titled "Cousin Sally Brown (2)."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Clark Kessinger (W.Va.) [Phillips]; Jime Evans [Silberberg].

Printed sources : - Tiny Moore (Merle Haggard Presents Swinging Texas Fiddling by Tiny Moore). Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 142. Silberberg (93 Tunes I Didn't Learn at the Tractor Tavern), 2004; p. 27.

Recorded sources : - Brunswick 580 (78 RPM), The Kessinger Brothers (1929). Decca 5194 (78 RPM), "Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies" (1935). Document Records, "The Kessinger Brothers: Complete Recordings 1929–1930". Minerva M-14020 (78 RPM), The Oldtimers (1929. Canadian release by The Kessinger Brothers).

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



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