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Leonard Rutherford's Recording of "Sally Johnson"

Feb 16, 2017 - 1:13:35 PM
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Has anyone found a copy of Leonard Rutherford's recording of "Sally Johnson"?

Here's Clyde Davenport's version, learned from Rutherford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHS-kRjkiRA

​Bobby Fulcher says "It was actually released, . . . but no copy exists."

Edited by - soppinthegravy on 02/16/2017 13:16:40

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:40:58 AM

RobBob

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Try the recording Monticello Tough Mountain Music from Southern Kentucky available here: https://www.amazon.com/Monticello-Tough-Mountain-Southern-Kentucky/dp/B0125L3SBO

Feb 17, 2017 - 8:38:17 AM

DougD

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I'm sure that's good too, but its Clyde and W.L. Gregory, not the original. Its also not on the Document CD which says its the "Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order," so it makes you wonder.

BTW, I did the sound for that show at Appalshop, and that's my audio in the YouTube video. We get questions here sometimes about mics for fiddles, and just for fun I wonder if anyone can identify the mic in that video. Not very common, I don't think.

Feb 17, 2017 - 9:18:48 AM

RobBob

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Well second hand is better than no hand.  You might check the digital files from Document but good luck!

Feb 17, 2017 - 2:36:40 PM
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DougD

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"Well second hand is better than no hand." I agree, Bob, but the original question was "Has anyone found a copy of Leonard Rutherford's recording of "Sally Johnson"?

He has the video of Clyde, which I guess is third hand, but good enough for me.

Feb 17, 2017 - 2:58:35 PM
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DougD

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BTW, according to an online Gennett discography "Sally Johnson" was recorded 4/11/29 by Rutherford and Foster and released on Gennett #6913 b/w "Taylor's Monroe County Quickstep."
 

Feb 17, 2017 - 7:09:10 PM

RobBob

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Interesting Doug, now I wonder why is it so rare?  I thought Document had it all.

Jun 26, 2017 - 3:50:32 PM

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Why is it that one side of the record is available to the public and not the other?
Taylor's Quickstep
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVkhh_t4Hqg
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Originally posted by DougD
 

BTW, according to an online Gennett discography "Sally Johnson" was recorded 4/11/29 by Rutherford and Foster and released on Gennett #6913 b/w "Taylor's Monroe County Quickstep."
 


Jun 26, 2017 - 4:32:03 PM

DougD

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The reason is that the Gennett master of "Taylor's Quickstep" was also released on or leased to a "stencil" label (maybe Broadway) where it was paired with a different selection (maybe not by them - I don't remember) and its this copy that's survived, so we have one side of the Gennett release and not the other. This kind of re-release, often under pseudonyms, is what many Gennett artists are not better known today.


Jun 27, 2017 - 8:22:46 AM

DougD

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PS - The other release was on Supertone 9406 "Monroe County Quickstep" as by "Oscar Fox and Davis." The other side is "East Tennessee Polka" by Virginia Mountain Boomers, so they didn't use "Sally Johnson" for some reason, but that kind of re-pairing was common, I guess with the idea that if you didn't like one artist (but why would you since they were fictitious?) you might like the other one. Supertone was sold by Sears, and so probably had better distribution than Gennett, which gave this release a better chance of survival. In my record collecting days I came across lots of these budget label records, but very few actual Gennetts.

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