Bards Bluegrass Fiddle Tunebook Complement/Orange Blossom Particular

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The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Particular”, concerning the passenger practice of the identical title, was written by Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) in 1938. The unique recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It’s thought-about the most effective recognized fiddle tune of the 20 th century and is usually known as merely The Particular. It has been known as “the fiddle participant’s nationwide anthem”.

Video Documentation for On line Listening[edit]

  • Roy Clark 1987 Roy retunes mid tune and pulls out all of the stops: pizzacatto, holds the fiddle guitar type, a short reprise of Day Tripper mid-OBS; second fiddler, banjo solos….
  • Canonical performatnce by Roy Clark Wonderful shuffle (cross string double stops) at lightening pace. Warning: humorous video based mostly upon Daisy Mae stereotype (blonde, checkered shirt tied at waste, and so forth.) might offend feminist sensitivities. Is included for ethnomusicological curiosity solely; neither WikiBooks nor the contributors thereto are represented by any linked to off-site content material.
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By the 1950s, it had change into a perennial favourite at bluegrass festivals, widespread for its rousing power. For a very long time no fiddle participant could be employed for a bluegrass band until he may play it.

For a few years, Orange Blossom Particular has been not solely a practice imitation piece, but additionally a automobile to exhibit the fiddler’s pyrotechnic virtuosity. Carried out at breakneck tempos and with imitative elaborations that evoke practice wheels and whistles, OBS is assured to convey the blood of all however essentially the most jaded listeners to a fast, rolling boil.
Norm Cohen, creator, Lengthy Metal Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong


Different musicians, together with Robert Russell “Chubby” Smart, have claimed authorship of the tune. As Chubby tells the story, one evening, after he and fellow musician Ervin made their typical rounds, they determined to go to the Jacksonville Terminal in Florida and see what the fuss over the Orange Blossom Particular practice was all about . .

. . although it was about three within the morning we went proper into the Terminal and obtained on board and toured that practice, and it was nearly essentially the most luxurious factor I had ever seen. Ervin was impressed, too. And after we obtained accomplished lookin’ er over he stated, ‘Let’s write a tune about it.’ So we went over to my place . . and that evening she was born. Sitting on the facet of my mattress. We wrote the melody in lower than an hour, and known as it Orange Blossom Particular. Later Ervin and his brother put some phrases to it.

Rouse copyrighted the tune in 1938 and recorded it in 1939. Invoice Monroe, regarded by many as “the daddy of bluegrass music,” recorded the tune (with Artwork Wooten on fiddle) and made it successful. Since then numerous variations nave been recorded, amongst them Chubby’s personal, as an instrumental in a 1969 album, Chubby Smart and His Fiddle. And that model, stated Chubby, “is the way in which it was written and the way in which it is alleged to be performed.”[1]


  • Johnny Money named his 1965 album after the tune. Whereas bluegrass performers are likely to play it as strictly an instrumental, Money sang the lyrics, and changed the fiddle components with two harmonicas.
  • The Moody Brothers’ Grammy nominated nation instrumental “The Nice Practice Tune Medley” featured their father Dwight Moody enjoying fiddle on Orange Blossom Particular.[2]
  • Florida-native Vassar Clements additionally usually performed it throughout his reside performances.
  • A model by Doug Kershaw peaked at #9 on the RPM Nation Tracks chart in Canada in 1970.
  • Famous session artist Tim Watson is known for performing the tune along with his band, Black Creek, in imitation of a semi-trailer truck somewhat than a locomotive. The interpretation features a mock truck horn (somewhat than a steam whistle), a police automobile, and a collision with a somewhat unlucky opossum.
  • The tune was coated by Swedish instrumental rock band The Spotnicks in 1961 and launched on their first album, The Spotnicks in London – Out-a-Area!. In 1962 the Spotnicks recording entered the British Prime 30.
  • It was the official theme tune (1949-1977) for the Texas Cowgirls basketball workforce who barnstormed enjoying males’s basketball guidelines towards male opponents. Decked out with boleros, western hats, holsters and pistols over their basketball uniforms, the workforce entered the courts to the tune, dropping an article of western trend with every fancy layup.
  • The tune was coated by award-winning fiddler Wayne Masters and his band, the Again Creek Valley Boys, on their 2010 album “Again Creek Valley Categorical”.
  • Steve Martin and his band the Steep Canyon Rangers performed the tune on the 2011 A Capitol Fourth Live performance on the Nationwide Mall in Washington, DC.

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Additional studying[edit]

  • Randy Noles (2007). Fiddler’s Curse: The Untold Story of Ervin T. Rouse, Chubby Smart, Johnny Money, and The Orange Blossom Particular. Anaheim Hills, CA: Centerstream. ISBN 978-1574242140. 
  • Betsy Carter (2006). The Orange Blossom Particular. New York: Dell. ISBN 0-385-33976-3. 

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