There aren't a lot of commercial recordings of Little Billy Wilson by bands although I have a lot of field recordings by fiddlers and some concert tapes etc. There is a pretty good version by Uncle Jimmy Thompson on one of the County "Nashville early String band albums - I'm not sure which one since I've digitized my copies from the lps. The Hungry Hash House Ramblers and The Critten Hollow String Band have both done the tune recently and there is a pretty hot version with mandolin lead on the the Privy Tippers cd - "Under the Crescent Moon". They are on CDBaby
Uncle Jimmy Thompson's one is on "Nashville early string bands vol.2" (CD). It has quite different timing and phrasing than the one we hear these days, though. Eck Robertson plays 2 parts of the tune in his Brilliancy Medley. Bosco
BILLY WILSON . AKA and see "Ace of Spades," "Little Billy Wilson," "Old Billy Wilson." Old-Time, Breakdown. A Major. Standard or AEAE. AABBCC. "Billy Wilson" features pizzicato, or plucked notes. A three-part version was synthesized by fiddler and musicologist Joel Shimberg and entered 'revival' tradition, although based on Uncle Jimmy Thompson's "Billy Wilson." Most modern versions are based on Shimberg's tune, originally called "Old Billy Wilson." Sources for notated versions: Pete Sutherland (Vt.), and Tara Nevins via Liz Slade (Yorktown, N.Y.) [Kuntz]; Jane Rothfield [Phillips]. Kuntz, Private Collection. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), Vol. 2, 1995; pg. 78. Marimac 9054, The Ill-Mo Boys - "Fine as Frog Hair" (1993). Yodel-ay-hee #108327, The Critton Hollow Stringband - "Poor Boy" (1979).[
What an interesting discussion of one of my favorite tunes-in fact I just recorded it with none other than Cathy Fink, who I learned if from in 1980 or sometime long ago-we played it full speed ahead on my latest iFiddle, theyBanjo (on my own iFiddle Recordings Label). A challenging tune but one of the best!