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OLD SOUTHERN WALTZ. AKA and see "Grace Waltz," "Irish-American Waltz (The)." American, Waltz. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. "Old Southern Waltz" was recorded in 1925 by the Henry Ford Oldtime Dance Orchestra, a Michigan-based band sponsored by the auto magnate as part of his campaign to reintroduce what he considered to be 'wholesome' activity. The tune was in the repertoire of Maine fiddler Mellie Dunham; the elderly Dunham was Henry Ford's champion fiddler in the late 1920's, but whether he introduced the tune or learned it from Henry Ford's musicians is unknown. The title "Old Southern Waltz" may be purely descriptive, for the Ford dance band also recorded a "Old Southern Schottische." Apparently, however, it was originally called "Grace Waltz" (see note for that tune). It was popularized on Cape Breton through the recording of Winston Fitzgerald, who probably learned it from the Henry Ford group.

Winston Fitzgerald

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 221, p. 88.

Recorded sources: Banff RBT 1245 (78 RPM), "Winston 'Scotty' Fitzgerald." Cremo Productions (LCD9501), Lee Cremo - "The Champion Returns" (1995). Victor 19908 (78 RPM), Henry Ford's Oldtime Dance Orchestra (1925). Brenda Stubbert - "Endless Memories" (2008).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
Hear Winston Fitzgerald's Recording at the Internet Archive [2] [3]
Hear the Henry Ford Oldtime Dance Orchestra's 1925 recording at the Banjo Hangout [4]




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