X:1 T:Tommy Love N:From the playing of fiddler and farmer Dudley "Babe" Spangler (1885-1981, Meadows of Dan, N:Patrick County, southwestern Virginia) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:" " D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/content/tommy-love-0 D:County 201, Old Virginia Fiddlers - "Old Time Fiddle Patrick County, Va." Z:Andrew Kuntz K:D e-|f2a2 a3f|d2f2-f2(fg|a2)a2 gfe2|df3 d2f2-| fef-ga2 af|d2f2 d2(fg|a2)a2 gfe2|d3B d2|| (e|fgf2)e3g| fe d2 BABc|d2f2 df-e2|d3B d3:|]
TOMMY LOVE. AKA and see "John Lover," "John Lover's Gone," "John's Lover's Gone," "John the Lover," "Poor Johnny's gone to War." American, Reel (cut time). Standard tuning (fiddle). "John Lover" was a popular band piece and dance tune in the N.C./Va. Blue Ridge region, known particularly as "Tommy Love" in the Patrick County, Va. area. It was recorded in 1948 on a private recording by fiddler Dudley "Babe" Spangler (1885-1981), of Meadows of Dan, Patrick County, in southwestern Virginia, who often held forth at the Mayberry Store, a general store that also served as a social hub for the upland community. Somewhat confusingly, his 2nd cousin and brother-in-law, J.W. Spangler (1882-1970), was also a locally acclaimed fiddler with whom Dudley shared the nickname "Babe".
See also note for "John Lover's Gone" for more info.