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X:1 T:Shattuck's Reel C:Zeke Backus M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel B:Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, B:leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a B:Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, B:Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc. (1876, p. 29) N:Coes performed with the San Francisco Minstrels in California from 1852 to 1859. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb f/B/g/B/ f/B/ b/B/|f/d/c/B/ A/c/ {d}(3c/B/c/|f/B/g/B/ f/B/b/g/|f/d/c/B/ d/B/ {c}(3B/A/B/| f/B/g/B/ f/B/ b/B/|f/d/c/B/ A/c/ {d}(3c/B/c/|f/b/g/B/ a/B/b/g/|f/d/c/B/ d/B/ {c}(3B/A/B/:| |:D/F/B/F/ G/E/ {F}(3E/D/E/|F/B/d/B/ A/c/ {d}(3c/B/c/|D/F/B/F/ G/E/ {F}(3E/D/E/|F/A/B/c/ d/B/ {c}(3B/A/B/:| |:f/B/d/B/ G/E/ {F}(3E/D/E/|F/B/d/B/ A/c/ {c}(3c/B/c/|f/B/d/B/ G/E/ {F}(3E/D/E/|F/A/B/c/ d/B/ {c}(3B/A/B/:|



SHATTUCK'S_REEL. American, Reel (2/4 or cut time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune is credited to blackface minstrel fiddler Zeke Backus by George H. Coes. There seems to have been several Shattucks involved in minstrelsy, who may or may not be related. Minstrel troupe rosters of the mid-19th century record a C.F. Stattuck, C.A. Shattuck, C. Shattuck, F. Shattuck and C.P. Shattuck, as well as just 'Shattuck'. However, the name Charles F. Shattuck (c. 1836-1905) appears most frequently. A founding member of the first Lodge of Elks in its infancy he received a sketch in the organizations history:

He was the author of the song "A Hundred Fathoms Deep" and a "clever basso" in a minstrel quartette. He had a voice so deep that it nearly rumbled in the lower register. One day while running the scale downward to see how far he could go, some one remarked he must have gone a hundred fathoms deep. He stopped then and there and wrote the song by that title. He was a great harmonizer and made beautiful arrangements of popular songs and ballads, which male quartettes rendered without accompaniments. He died suddenly in New York City, on November 29th, 1905, aged sixty-nine years....[1]

Charles F. Shattuck was at various times a member of Buckley's, Newcomb's, Simmons and Slocum's, George Wilson's and several other minstrel troupes.


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Printed sources : - George H. Coes (Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc.), 1876; p. 29. Laybourn (Köhlers' Violin Repository Book 2), 1881-1885; p. 175.






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  1. Charles Edward Ellis, An Authentic History of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 1910, p. 112.