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They're still out there (78's)

Posted by Mark Ralston on Friday, August 12, 2011


Got lucky on the way home from fieldwork on Tuesday, stopped into a junk store, came away with about 4 dozen nice 78's.  I was pretty excited to get the Eck Robertson....... it turned out to be a duplicate of my only other Eck Robertson 78, but this one is in much better shape.  I wonder if the Jenny Linn hornpipe is going to be anything like the Jenny Lind Polka ?  I'm also looking forward to listening to the "Mouse in the Cupboard" jig.



Update 8/17/11  

(From wikipedia (

"Robertson and his wife Nettie performed at silent movie theaters and fiddling contests through the region. As the son of a Confederate veteran, Robertson was able to attend the annual Old Confederate Soldiers' Reunions across the South, and became a regular performer at these events. He met 74-year-old fiddler Henry C. Gilliland at one of these reunions, and the two began performing together. After the Richmond, Virginia reunion in June 1922, Gilliland and Robertson traveled to New York City, auditioned for and received a recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company.[1] On Friday, June 30, 1922, Robertson and Gilliland recorded four fiddle duets for Victor. These probably represent the first commercial recordings of country music performers."

 The Eck Robertson 78 is with Henry Gilliland (Victor 19149) , and appears to be Robertson's second recording. Gilliland was born around the time of the Civil War.... interesting to listen to a fiddler from this era.


3 comments on “They're still out there (78's)”

henwaddle Says:
Friday, August 12, 2011 @9:03:50 PM

Too kool!

beetlegeist Says:
Saturday, August 13, 2011 @3:49:25 AM

Little treasures. Is there a way to play them?

strokestyle Says:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 @1:29:04 PM

Thanks, Mark for making many of these sound tracks available to the public!

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