Big Ball in Town

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 Also known as    Roll On the Ground, Roll ’em On the Ground, Big Ball, Big Ball in Memphis, Big Ball's in Boston, Hook Nose In Brooklyn, Big Ball's in Cow Town
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 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
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 History    USA(Upland South)
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 Title of recording    Georgia Fiddle Bands: Brandywine 1982
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Heritage 048
 Year recorded    1983
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BIG BALL IN TOWN. "Roll On the Ground." Old-Time, Song Tune. The title composition was the result of The Skillet Licker's marrying of the tune "Roll(ing) on the Ground" with new words, mostly 'floating' verses. The tune was recorded by J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers, and by West Virginia string band duo the Cumberland Mountain Entertainers (Sam Caplinger & fiddler Andy Patterson {1893-1950}) in 1928 for Brunswick-Vocalion (Later the duo moved to Akron, Ohio, and formed the Dixie Harmonizers, who recorded for Gennett). Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters recorded it in 1927 for Brunswick (Brunswick 186) under the title "Roll on the Ground." Heritage 048, "Georgia Fiddle Bands" {Brandywine, 1982} (1983).