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X:1 T:One-Eyed Riley S:John Masters (Ky.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/one-eyed-riley Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D d>d d2Ac|defa g2ag|f2 af edcA|d2 ef g2ag|fdec d2Ac| defa g2 ag|fgaf edcA|[F2d2]ef g2ag|[M:3/4]fdec d2|| [M:C|]A2F2G2BG|ABAFE3G|A2F2G2BB|dBAF D3A-| ABAF G2 [G2B2]|ABA[FA] [E3A3]A-|AF G2B2|[M:3/4]dBAF D||[Dd]-|[Dd]A g2 ag|[M:C|]fgaf edcA|"etc. 1st strain"



ONE EYED RILEY. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Source John Masters (1904-1986) learned the tune from a regionally influential African-American fiddler named Jim Booker. Booker was born in 1872 in Jessamine County, Ky., and played and recorded with the integrated band Taylor's Kentucky Boys and his own group, Booker Orchestra. The title is that of a well-known bawdy song, points out collector John Harrod; it is a traditional song of unknown authorship with a long history of oral transmission, sung by Oscar Brand (on his 1976 album "X") and others, but widespread. There are a number of title spelling variants and alternate titles (such as "Riley's Daughter"). Masters drops the last beat of the cadence at the end of each strain.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - John Masters (Lexington, Fayette County, Ky.) [Titon].

Printed sources : - Titon (Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 121, p. 149.

Recorded sources: -Rounder 0377, John Masters (et al) - "Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Vol. 2: Along the Kentucky River" (1997).

See listing at:
Hear John Harrod's 1980's field recording of John Masters playing the tune at the Digital Library of Appalachia [1], Berea Sound Archivest [2], and at Slippery Hill [3].



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