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NEW BORN BLUES. AKA and see "Wang Wang Blues." American, Country Rag (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The tune was recorded by the Stripling Brothers band, from Pickins County, Alabama, in 1929, and is a derivative of "The Wang Wang Blues," a pop number recorded by several mainstream bands, and later by Charlie Stripling's son, Lee.

The Stripling Brothers band with the Freeman Brothers (left); Charlie Stripling, fiddle
As with many of their country-blues melodies, "New Born Blues" is in the key of 'C' (although it sounds in B flat, perhaps due to the recording process used). Charlie Stripling himself called such tunes "ragtime breakdowns," according to Joyce Cauthen.

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Recorded sources: -Document Records 8007, "The Stripling Brothers Vol. 1 1928 - 1934" (1997. Reissue compilation). Vocalion 5382 (78 RPM), Stripling Brothers (1929, backed with "Kennedy Rag"). The Red Mountain White Trash - "Chickens Don’t Roost Too High."

See also listing at:
Hear the Stripling Brothers' recording on [1], and at Slippery Hill [2]

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