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Belle of Lexington

Posted by Tom Berghan


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Size: 2,776kb, uploaded 9/5/2016 10:54:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Minstrel (Stroke Style)

Early Banjo by James Hartel, Sweeney Model Belle Breezing was born in 1860 and was a nationally known Madam in Lexington, Kentucky. Belle's first job began when she was 19 years old, in a brothel house maintained by Jenny Hill, which had the distinction of being the former residence of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Her final and most elaborate "Gentleman's Club" was located at 153 Megowan Street. Belle also wrote poetry. This tune, named after Belle, was first recorded in 1925 by fiddler Emmett Lundy who was born in Grayson County, Virginia on May 9, 1864

4 comments on “Belle of Lexington”

Yigal Zan Says:
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 @11:25:01 AM

Interesting and quite beautiful interpretation. At my end either we play Emmet Lundy's notes fast, or the slightly crooked [Old] Luther Davis' version in modest speed.

JanetB Says:
Thursday, September 8, 2016 @9:37:04 PM

The music tells a story. Your fretless prowess is marvelous, Thomas!

GaryPuckett Says:
Saturday, September 10, 2016 @9:55:53 AM

Really nice! Thanks for sharing.

bhniko Says:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @2:59:03 PM

The more I listen to this...a lot...the better it becomes.

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