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LITTLE BLACK MUSTACHE [2]. AKA - "Black Mustache." Old-Time, Breakdown. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). Source Gene Clardy, a fiddler from the Avalon, Mississippi, area who was a mentor to Willie Narmour, was murdered in the 1930's when he was playing a dance. He had finished his night's work and was wrapping up, when one of the audience demanded he continue playing. Clardy refused and was slain (he was 43 years old in the 1930 census). Clardy was credited in local lore with the composition "Carroll County Blues", a hit for Narmour and Smith and others.

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Recorded sources: County 3514, Gene Clardy & Stan Clements - "Mississippi Fiddle Bands, vol. 2." Document 8028, Gene Clardy - "Mississippi String Bands, vol. 2." Musical Traditions MT 104, the Nations Brothers (Mississippi) - "Where the Southern Crosses the Dog: Mississippi Fiddle Music 1928-35." Vocalion 5418 (78 RPM), Gene Clardy & Stan Clements (1930).




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