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X:1 T:My Little Girl C:Albert Von Tilzer N:The chorus of a popular song, written in 1915 M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Two-Step N:Transcribed by Frank Maloy, who recalled fiddler J.W. "Jimbo" N:Smith playing the tune over WSB Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1930's. B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 28, No. 3, Fall 1994 (p. 30) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C E F^F|"C"G2 G2-|GGAB|d2c2-|c2 Bc|d2c2|G2A2| "G7"B4-|BDDE|F2 F2-|FGAB|e2 d2-|"G7"d2 ^cd| "G7"e2d2|B2A2|"C"G4-|GEF^F|G2 G2-|GGAB|d2c2-| "C"c2 cd|d2c2|e2c2|"F"A4-|AA^GA|"A7"f2f2-| "A7"fe^cA|"D7"e2d2-|d2 cd|"G7"e2d2|B2G2|"C"cAGE|C|]



MY LITTLE GIRL. AKA and see "My Pretty Girl," "Tucker's Waltz." American, Canadian; Two-Step (2/4 or 4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. A singing square dance call from the mid-20th century. It was popular in the old New England dances that predated the "contra" moniker, and was in the repertory of such "pre-revival" legends as Glenn Pease and Duke Miller. Frank Maloy remarks, "Old-time tunes, such as this one, with a well-defined and easily recognizable melody line, were often used in the golden era of string -band music for theme songs for radio programs and personal appearances. In fact, a present day example of a fiddle tune (in song form) being used as a theme is the great Bill Monroe's opening tune for all his shows, "Watermellon Smiling on the Vine""[1].


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Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (Devil's Box), vol. 28, No 3, Fall 1994; p. 30.

Recorded sources : - JSP 7774, Hugh Gibbs - "Paramount Old Time Recordings" (2006. Originally recorded 1927). Old Timey LP 101, Spooney FIve - "Southern Dance Music, Vol. 2" (1965. Originally recorded 1927).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
See/hear the dance/tune by Tony Parkes, 2011 [2]



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  1. Devil's Box, vol. 28, No 3, Fall 1994, p. 29.