Polk County Breakdown
POLK COUNTY BREAKDOWN. American, Reel. USA, Missouri. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’. Composition of the tune has been credited to north Georgia fiddler Tommy Magness (1911-1972), who recorded it in 1949 while playing with Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys. In 1947 he had recorded the tune on a home disc recorder, albeit under the title “Death of Kilroy” Magness may have reworked an older tune however, for elsewhere he is only credited with being the arranger. “Polk County Breakdown” is one of ‘100 essential Missouri tunes’ listed by Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden, and has frequently been recorded by Missouri fiddlers, where it is a square dance workhorse. A version of the tune, which also has some resemblance to "Dance Around Molly" was even in the repertoire of Hamilton County, Adirondack Mountains, N.Y., fiddler Vic Kibler, who called it "Pole County Breakdown."
- Jim Nelson.