Midnight Waltz (1)

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MIDNIGHT WALTZ [1]. Old-Time, Waltz (3/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. This simple one-strain waltz was recorded by Pickens County, west Alabama, musicians Charlie (1896-1966, fiddle) and Ira (1898-1967, guitar) Stripling in 1929. The tune is made more palatable on the recording by Stripling's fiddling it an octave higher the second and third time through, and but some melodic variations, but it remains a one-strain melody.

Different tunes called "Midnight Waltz" were recorded in the 78 RPM era by Mississippi musicians Willie Narmour and Shell Smith (1929, see "Midnight Waltz (5)") and by Carson Robison's group, The Moonshiners (1930, see "Midnight Waltz (6)").

The Stripling Brothers (Charlie and Ira are on the right, the Freeman brothers on the left)



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Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Document DOCD-8007, "The Stripling Brothers Vol. 1 1928 - 1934." Regal Zonophone ‎(Australia) G22271, The Stripling Brothers (1929). Vocalion 5468 (78 RPM), Stripling Brothers (1929) {Pickens County, Alabama}.

See also listing at:
Hear the Stripling Brothers 1929 recording at Slippery Hill [1]




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