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PUMPKIN PIE. AKA – "Indian Pumpkin Pie." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Piedmont region of N.C. An archaic stringband song/tune from the repertoire of African-American fiddle and banjo cousin duo Joe (1918–2012) and Odell Thompson. Joe Thompson plays the piece in FCGD tuning. The piece is "seldom collected from other African-American old time musicians, but can be found in the repertoires of white musicians" (Kerry Blech). Elizabeth Carlson (North Carolina String Band Masters: Old Time and Bluegrass Legends) states that "Pumpkin Pie" was "played in the Piedmont by both blacks and whites and came from early minstrel days." Several minstrel songs mention pumpkin pie, but perhaps "The Soap Fat Man" sung by W. Herman of Christy's Minstrels, comes closest to the Odell's title and alternate title:

Yankee doodle, doodle, dandy,
Turn right round at the bottom of the Gangee;
Ingin puddin' and pumpkin pie,
O how dey made de whiskey fly.

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Recorded sources: Global Village C217, {Black fiddle and banjo players} Joe and Odel Thompson {Orange County, N.C.} – "Old Time Music From the North Carolina Piedmont." Pine Cone-Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Joe & Odell Thompson – "Going Down to Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont 1976–1998" (2009). Rounder Records 2161, Joe Thompson – "Family Tradition" (2000). Smithsonian Folkways SFW40149, Joe & Odell Thompson – "Back Roads to Cold Mountain" (2004. Various artists).

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Hear Joe & Odell Thompson's recording on [1]

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