Long-Eared Mule (The)

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LONG-EARED MULE, THE. AKA and see "Flop Eared Mule (1)" and variations. American ; Breakdown. USA; Virginia, Mississippi. D Major ('A' part) & A Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. In the repertoire of southwestern Virginia and some Mississippi fiddlers under this title, and also appears in a list of traditional Ozark Mountain fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. It was recorded by Herbert Halpert in 1939 for the Library of Congress from the playing of Mississippi fiddler John Hatcher. Canadian radio and TV fiddler Don Messer picked up the tune from American sources.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Messer (Way Down East Fiddlin' Tunes), 1948; No. 24. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 44, p. 31.

Recorded sources: Document 8039, "The Hill Billies/Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters: Compoete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 1" (reissue). Gennett 6065 (78 RPM), Ernest Stoneman, c. 1928. Okeh 40405 (78 RPM) Emmett Lundy (b. 1864, Galax, Va.) with Earnest Stoneman (1925. One of only two commercial recordings Lundy made).

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