Jack Tottle Bluegrass and Old Time Music Collection
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.
- Tottle, Jack (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Tapes in this collection must be used in the archives.
Conditions Governing Use
Tapes in this collection may not be duplicated, and are not available for loan.
61.00 Sound recordings (61 Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes, 66 Audio Cassettes (user copies))
Language of Materials
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.
Method of Acquisition
The Jack Tottle Bluegrass and Old Time Music Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Jack Tottle on July 1, 1991.
Jack Tottle donated the following books which were cataloged for the Archives of Appalachia book collection:
Bill Monroe: The Father of Bluegrass. Japan: B.O.M. Service Ltd., 1985. Japanese publication containing photographs from Bill Monroe's 1984 Japan tour.
Byron, Janet. The Country Music Lover's Guide to the U.S.A. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1996.
Lomax, John A. and Alan Lomax. Folk Song U.S.A.: The 111 Best American Ballads. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1947.
Processing of the collection was completed in April 1992 by Marie Tedesco.
- Brown, Hylo
- Cain, Benny
- Cain, Vallie
- Grier, Lamar
- Harrell, Bill
- Jim and Jesse
- Jones, Grandpa, 1913-
- Kuykendall, Pete
- Macon, Uncle Dave, 1870-1952
- McGhee, Brownie, 1914-
- Monroe, Bill, 1911-1996
- Scruggs, Earl
- Smith, Arthur, 1898-1971
- Terry, Sonny
- Watson, Doc
- Benny and Vallie Cain (Musical group)
- Blue Grass Boys
- Bluegrass music Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bluegrass music -- Japan Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Blues (Music) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Carter Family (Musical group)
- Country Gentlemen (Musical group)
- Flatt, Lester
- Grand ole opry (Radio program) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Kentucky Colonels
- Lonesome River Boys (Musical group)
- Monroe Brothers (Musical group)
- Old-time music Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Osborne Brothers
- Poplin Family
- Reno & Smiley
- Stanley Brothers
- Tasty Licks (Musical group)
- Marie Tedesco
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