Big Eared Mule (1)

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Big Eared Mule (1)

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 Theme code Index   
 Also known as    Flop Eared Mule (1)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double), Schottische/Schottis/Jennkka/Reinlander
 Key/Tonic of    
 Time signature    4/4
 History    USA(Upland South)
 Book/Manuscript title    
 Tune and/or Page number    
 Year of publication/Date of MS    
 Artist    Doc Roberts
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Supertone 9169 (78 RPM)
 Year recorded    

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BIG-EARED MULE [1]. AKA and see "Flop-Eared Mule [1]." Old-Time, Breakdown. The tune was recorded by Kentucky-born William B. Houchens (1884-c. 1955), who waxed a dozen tunes for the Starr Piano Company of Indiana (including such chestnuts as "Arkansas Traveller" and "Turkey in the Straw"). Houchens spent much of his adult life running a music conservatory in Dayton, Ohio, where he taught a variety of stringed instruments (Charles Wolfe). Significant was the fact that Houchens recorded his sides prior to what is thought of as the first country music recordings by Fiddlin' John Carson.

Recorded source: Supertone 9169 (78 RPM), Doc Roberts.