X: 539 T:Snow Deer L:1/8 M:C| S: Viola "Mom" Ruth - Pioneer Western Folk Tunes (1948) K:G 2D2G2A2|"G"B2 BA B2 BA|B2G2F2G2|"A"A2 AB A2AB|A2G2F2E2| "D"D4(A4|A2)F2E2_E2|"G"D4(B4|B2)D2G2A2|B2 BA B2BA| B2G2F2G2|"A"A2AB A2AB|A2G2F2E2|"D"D4(A4|A2)^G2A2B2| "G"(=G8|G2)G2A2B2||"C"c4(E4|E2)G2F2E2|"G"D4(B4|B4)B3c|"D7"B2A2A2^G2| A4A3B|"G"A2G2G2F2|"G7"G2G2A2B2|"C"c4(E4|E2)G2F2E2|"G"D4(B4| B4)B3c|"D7"B2A2A2^G2|A2c2B2A2|"G"(G8|G2)|]
Snow Deer. American, Canadian; Two‑Step or Polka (2/4 time). USA; Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina. G Major (Johnson, Phillips): D Major (Devil's Box). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Johnson): AA'BB' (Devil's Box, Phillips). "Snow Deer" was in the repertory of Arizona fiddler Kenner C. Kartchner, who said it was a "pioneer song of long ago." In actuality it was a Tin-Pan-Alley song by Percy Wenrich who composed it around the end of the first decade of the twentieth century during the craze for ethnic American Indian songs, and as such it received widespread popularlity. It was recorded early in the 78 RPM era in 1925 by Jimmie wilson's Catfist String Band, a Oklahoma group more novelty oriented than a string band, that also played over radio station KVOO, Tulsa. "Jimmie Wilson was a popular figure in Tulsa, an active citizen and humorist of the same general type as Will Rogers, whose band first performed on KFRU in Bristow, Oklahoma when the sation went on the air in 1926. The station then moved to Tulsa and became KVOO and Wilson's group went with it. At one time they had a weekly one-hour show sponsored by Casco, a cold remedy and at another time were sponsored by SkellGas on a one-hour show". The popular cowboy singer Gene Autry, just starting his career, played the station on the same date as the group in 1927. They broadcast from a subsidiary station in Sapulpa from one conference room with one microphone for the singer, with the band arranged around the room for the best balance of instruments. Relating the anecdote in the 1980's, Autry's memory was such that he could name each musician in the band, who played what and where they were standing.
- Don Cusic, Gene Autry: HIs Life and Career, 2007, p. 13.