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Jack Tottle Bluegrass and Old Time Music Collection, 1940-1976 | Archives of Appalachia

Title: Jack Tottle Bluegrass and Old Time Music Collection, 1940-1976Add to your cart.
ID: 500/AppMs 386
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Arrangement: The Jack Tottle Bluegrass and Old Time Music Collection consists of one series of audio tapes. The tapes are arranged according to the original list given to the archives by Jack Tottle. The tapes are numbered consecutively. The master tapes are reel-to-reel audio; cassette user copies have been dubbed from the masters. Each tape (with a few exceptions) contains a detailed list of that tape's contents.
Extent: 61.0 Sound recordings
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Scope and Contents: The Jack Tottle Bluegrass and Old Time Music Collection consists of bluegrass and old time music taped from both live and recorded performances. A number of tapes were made from original 78 rpm discs which have never been re-released. The greatest number of recordings are from the 1950s and 1960s, with the balance dating from the 1940s and 1970s.

The collection includes bluegrass and old time music recorded in a number of different locales, but three locales in particular deserve special mention. The first is the Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland area, a region in which bluegrass first found a significant urban, relatively affluent, and well-educated audience. Bluegrass' popularity in the capitol region helped transform it from a regional and rural music to a national and international phenomenon. Artists recorded from this area include the Country Gentlemen, Bill Harrell, Pete Kuykendall, Benny and Vallie Cain, and the Lonesome River Boys.

The second and third important locales are South Carolina and Japan. Recordings include the Poplin Family of Sumter, South Carolina; the Reece Sisters of Greenville, South Carolina; and the live television program, "Carolina in the Morning." The Japanese selections contains 76 performances recorded in the 1960s by 13 bands.

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