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OLD SPINNING WHEEL. AKA - "There's an Old Spinning wheel in the Parlor." Old-Time; Polka, Foxtrot. USA; Mo., Arizona. B Flat Major (Missouri): F Major (Arizona): D Major (Erbsen). Standard tuning (fiddle). A popular foxtrot and song (words and music) by William J. "Billy" Hill [1] (1899-1940) written 1930 that has entered fiddling repertory. Hill died young in 1940, at age 41, but published numerous songs in his short career, including his most popular, "The Glory of Love." The alternate title is taken from the first line in the chorus. Arizona fiddler Kenner C. Kartchner played it in a duet with another fiddler; "Made a good foxtrot in 1930" (Shumway). Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden put the tune on his "100 Essential Missouri Fiddle Tunes" in a section of miscellaneous tunes (not breakdowns). It was the first tune learned, as a boy aged seven, by Vasser Clements, a self-taught musician.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Erbsen (Southern Mountain Fiddle), 1995; p. 48. Gray & Hall (Kenny Hall's Music Book),

Recorded sources: Missouri State Old Time Fiddler's Association 001, Pete McMahan - "Ozark Mountain Waltz." Voyager Records CD 357, Billy Lee - "Up Jumped the Devil."




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