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LITTLE OLD LOG CABIN (DOWN/IN THE LANE). AKA and see "Cabin Down the Lane." American, Song Tune. "Little Old Log Cabin Down the Lane" [1] was written and published in 1871 by a Kentucky riverman turned vaudeville songwriter, Will Hayes, for the minstrel trade. It was recorded in October, 1925 for Edison by Fiddlin' Cowan Powers and Family, who had waxed an earlier version for Victor, in August, 1924 (although for that particular side the Victor company brought in Carson Robison to perform the vocal). The piece was first recorded and released in 1923, however, when Fiddlin' John Carson's (1868-1949. north Georgia) version became the second best-selling country music record for that year. Yet another performance, Ernest Stoneman's, made the charts that decade, in 1926 when his version became the fifth best-selling country music record.

Fiddlin' John Carson

The song and its air were well-known in Great Britain in the latter 19th

century, published by James S. Kerr in Merry Melodies vol. 4 in the 1880's as "Cabin Down the Lane."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Okeh 4890, Fiddlin' John Carson (1923). Rounder 1003, Fiddlin' John Carson - "Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster's Gonna Crow" (1978).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Hear John Carson's 1923 recording at Honking Duck [3] and on youtube.com [4]
Hear fiddler Charlie Acuff (b. 1919) play the tune [5]




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