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 Theme code Index    111 355
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Waltz/Valse/Vals
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    3/4
 History    USA(Upland South), USA(Southeast)
 Structure    AAB
 Editor/Compiler    Stacy Phillips
 Book/Manuscript title    Traditional American Fiddle Tunes vol. 2
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 243
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1995
 Artist    Charlie Acuff
 Title of recording    Left Handed Fiddler
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    CA-01, Charlie Acuff
 Year recorded    1990
 Score   ()   

BOB TAYLOR'S MARCH. Old-Time, Waltz. USA, Tennessee. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody comes from Bob Taylor, who, along with his brother Alf, was both a fiddler and a Governor of Tennessee. The brothers, who belonged to different parties, were friendly rivals and would even share a bed while out campaigning against each other (they were each in office at different times). The Taylor vs. Taylor campaign of 1886 was so amicable, in fact, that it was called "The War of the Roses." Bob Taylor's original name for the tune may have been "Streaking Old Fiddle," a favorite tune of his. Fiddlin' A story goes that while Bob was Governor he attended a fiddle contest in Memphis and competed with a young Fiddlin' John Carson. Taylor won, but when time came to award the prize he stepped forward and told the assembly that he believed the judges had bestowed the prize upon him only because he was the Governor of the state. He said he could never hope to play like Fiddlin' John, and so declined the award. (attributed to Collier: "Fiddlin' John on Broadway", quoted by Gene Wiggins: Fiddlin' John Carson, His Real World and the World of this Songs {1989}). Another account of the contest (attributed to Radio Digest of November 7th, 1925, reprinted in Mark Wilson's notes to Rounder LP1003 Fiddlin' John Carson) goes:

.....Young Carson was declared winner and thereafter became known as Fiddlin' John, while Governor Taylor was so delighted with the young fellow's playing that right there on the spot, he bestowed his fiddle on the proud victor.

John Carson became a friend of Bob's and used to campaign with him, fiddle in hand.

Source for notated version: Charlie Taylor (Tenn.) [Phillips].

Printed source: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 243.

Recorded source: CA-01, Charlie Acuff - "Left Handed Fiddler" (1990. A privately issued cassette featuring the 70 year old fiddler from Alcoa, Tennessee).


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