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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW 1/27/17 - Doc Corn's Tune


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EggerRidgeBoy - Posted - 01/28/2017:  14:58:46


I just heard from this week's volunteer, who is unable to post a tune at the moment.  So here is a very quick emergency back-up tune, Doc Corn's Tune.



 



I came across it, as I often do, on the TaterJoe's site; tab by Ken Torke can be found there: http://taterjoes.com/banjo/index.html



FiddleHangout member Lynn Garren posted a recording of Doc Corn playing the tune on his birthday in 1976: http://fiddlehangout.com/myhan...p;ie6fix=1 , along with one of her band, The Common Taters, playing it in 2005: http://www.fiddlehangout.com/song/84



The New Bad Habits (Chirps Smith, Dave Landreth, and Tim Ross) included it on their 2013 album "Shades of Death Creek": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reTL8euifuE 



 



I don't know much about Doc Corn himself, except that he is the grandfather of old-time fiddler Larry Corn.  I believe Larry is a member of the FiddleHangout, and I'll try to contact him there. If I discover any more information about Doc, I'll post it here.



 



[Note: This tune was traditionally known by a different title, one that - for good reason - would now be considered very offensive.  As far as I can tell, it was the Common Taters who began calling it by its current name. It is also sometimes called "Big Foot", which is a simplified and sanitized version of the traditional name.]


Edited by - EggerRidgeBoy on 01/28/2017 19:04:46

JanetB - Posted - 01/29/2017:  19:36:30


As you know, Brett, I like to give each TOTW a try.  Doc Corn's tune is fun to play and Ken Torke's tab helped me to learn it.  The original recording has a longer A than B part.  Chirps Smith's recording has an A and B part the same length (and they have a great stringband sound).  Hopefully you'll get more information about Doc Corn and this tune, apparently from Illinois.


EggerRidgeBoy - Posted - 01/31/2017:  09:20:19


quote:

Originally posted by JanetB

 

As you know, Brett, I like to give each TOTW a try.  Doc Corn's tune is fun to play and Ken Torke's tab helped me to learn it.  The original recording has a longer A than B part.  Chirps Smith's recording has an A and B part the same length (and they have a great stringband sound).  Hopefully you'll get more information about Doc Corn and this tune, apparently from Illinois.







Thank you very much for your recording and tab, Janet.  I really appreciate your dedication to the Tune of the Week (as does the rest of the TOTW community, I am sure).

EggerRidgeBoy - Posted - 01/31/2017:  09:50:17


No luck yet in contacting Larry Corn, or in getting more information on the FiddleHangout.  There doesn't seem to be much information about Doc online (one search for "Doc Corn fiddle" gave, as the first three results, this TOTW thread, my post on FiddleHangout, and Janet's MP3 recording). 



I have discovered a few more bits of information, many of which I think Janet already uncovered and posted above or on her MP3 page.  Doc's full name was John Ray Corn, and he lived from November 2, 1893 to January 29, 1984.  He was a farmer.  As suspected, given the people who have recorded the tune in the past decade or so, Doc and his family were from southern Illinois. In a 2007 Fiddle-L post, Larry Corn wrote:



I’m “Doc” Corns grandson. My grandfather called the tune “Big Footed N****r,

but for obvious reasons Chirps renamed it "Doc Corn's Tune". My family came

from Kentucky but have been in southern Illinois since before the Civil War.



More specifically, Doc was born - and seems to have lived much of his life - in Flannigan Township in Hamilton County, a very rural area in the southeastern corner of the state (according to the 2010 census, the township has a population of 116). 



I have found no photos of Doc yet, except possibly this one, an undated photograph of the Corn family.





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I think he may be fourth from the left, holding the fiddle.



 



In addition to the recordings listed above, Doc Corn's Tune can be found on the Field Recorders Collective release "The Home Recordings of Chirps Smith" (fieldrecorder.org/product/chirps-smith/).


Edited by - EggerRidgeBoy on 01/31/2017 09:57:30

Kernel - Posted - 01/31/2017:  11:08:08


Here's a link to the tab that Brett mentioned above. I noticed that I had a couple of chords out of order so that's fixed. I just picked this one up at a jam and haven't played it a bunch yet but I still found a few things I'd probably do different. There's also a fiddle transcription for your fiddling friends.



Doc Corn's Tune Banjo Tab: taterjoes.com/banjo/DocCornsTune.pdf



Doc Corn's Tune Fiddle Transcription: taterjoes.com/fiddle/DocCornsTune.pdf



 



Thanks All,

EggerRidgeBoy - Posted - 04/06/2017:  18:00:07


Just thought I would add this undated photo of Doc Corn playing fiddle alongside his grandson Larry on dobro. It was provided to me by FiddleHangout member Larry Warren, who got it from Larry Corn.



 



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Edited by - EggerRidgeBoy on 04/06/2017 18:00:24

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