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Crook Brothers Breakdown
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Peter Budd
2005-02-15 17:42:15 UTC
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Can anyone help with the origins of Crook Brothers Breakdown?
Dave Proctor taught this tune at last weekend's Gainsborough Festival,
and we are curious to know where and when it comes from. With the low
part going to B minor it has a somewhat modern sound to our ears, but
the name suggests something rather older. The only recorded source we
know of is from Trevor and Travis Stuart.
Kerry Blech
2005-02-15 18:03:52 UTC
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I must say I am not aware of a tune by such a name.
I see in the web search that The Grayson Highland Strings played
it at Fiddlers Grove and it is on the 75th anniversary recording
for Fiddlers Grove and that a couple other bands played something
by this title. It is not part of the Crooks' recorded output, at
least under that title. I would guess that it was something someone
heard them play on the Opry and made up the tune title themselves.
I'd love to hear the melody so I can determine if it is one of
their known recorded tunes, where someone didn't catch the name,
or perhaps it is known under another name in Middle Tennessee.
Remember that the Crook Brothers, with varying personnel, played
on the Grand Ole Opry well into the "modern" era, at least the 1970s,
and possibly the '80s. I remember reading a newspaper item about when
they stopped playing on the Opry, so it wasn't that long ago. Time
is all relative, I know...

Best regards,
Kerry
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Post by Peter Budd
Can anyone help with the origins of Crook Brothers Breakdown?
Dave Proctor taught this tune at last weekend's Gainsborough Festival,
and we are curious to know where and when it comes from. With the low
part going to B minor it has a somewhat modern sound to our ears, but
the name suggests something rather older. The only recorded source we
know of is from Trevor and Travis Stuart.
Gillespie Gail
2005-02-15 23:48:37 UTC
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The Crook Bros. did play their harmonicas on the Opry well into the 70s &
80s, but I think fiddler Harold Hausenfluck may account for the tune's
present circulation in VA fiddlers' conventions.
G
Post by Kerry Blech
I must say I am not aware of a tune by such a name.
I see in the web search that The Grayson Highland Strings played
it at Fiddlers Grove and it is on the 75th anniversary recording
for Fiddlers Grove and that a couple other bands played something
by this title. It is not part of the Crooks' recorded output, at
least under that title. I would guess that it was something someone
heard them play on the Opry and made up the tune title themselves.
I'd love to hear the melody so I can determine if it is one of
their known recorded tunes, where someone didn't catch the name,
or perhaps it is known under another name in Middle Tennessee.
Remember that the Crook Brothers, with varying personnel, played
on the Grand Ole Opry well into the "modern" era, at least the 1970s,
and possibly the '80s. I remember reading a newspaper item about when
they stopped playing on the Opry, so it wasn't that long ago. Time
is all relative, I know...
Best regards,
Kerry
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Post by Peter Budd
Can anyone help with the origins of Crook Brothers Breakdown?
Dave Proctor taught this tune at last weekend's Gainsborough Festival,
and we are curious to know where and when it comes from. With the low
part going to B minor it has a somewhat modern sound to our ears, but
the name suggests something rather older. The only recorded source we
know of is from Trevor and Travis Stuart.
Library Guy
2005-02-16 14:53:29 UTC
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Post by Gillespie Gail
The Crook Bros. did play their harmonicas on the Opry well into the 70s &
80s, but I think fiddler Harold Hausenfluck may account for the tune's
present circulation in VA fiddlers' conventions.
Does anyone know wha's up with ol' Harold? I know he got into ham
radio in a big way a while back. Is he still playing the fiddle at
all?

LG
Gordon Banks
2005-02-16 20:41:21 UTC
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I heard he had a stroke a few years back and can't play at all. I don't
know this except hearsay, though.
Post by Library Guy
Post by Gillespie Gail
The Crook Bros. did play their harmonicas on the Opry well into the 70s &
80s, but I think fiddler Harold Hausenfluck may account for the tune's
present circulation in VA fiddlers' conventions.
Does anyone know wha's up with ol' Harold? I know he got into ham
radio in a big way a while back. Is he still playing the fiddle at
all?
LG
Band53
2016-03-19 18:53:42 UTC
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Post by Peter Budd
Can anyone help with the origins of Crook Brothers Breakdown?
Dave Proctor taught this tune at last weekend's Gainsborough Festival,
and we are curious to know where and when it comes from. With the low
part going to B minor it has a somewhat modern sound to our ears, but
the name suggests something rather older. The only recorded source we
know of is from Trevor and Travis Stuart.
The tune was called 'Sally Ann' when the Crook Brothers played it in the 1960s, which also included the minor low part. One or possibly more radio recordings exist. Konnarock Critters recorded it on a cassette (that was not reissued on CD)
Band53
2016-03-19 18:56:52 UTC
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Post by Peter Budd
Can anyone help with the origins of Crook Brothers Breakdown?
Dave Proctor taught this tune at last weekend's Gainsborough Festival,
and we are curious to know where and when it comes from. With the low
part going to B minor it has a somewhat modern sound to our ears, but
the name suggests something rather older. The only recorded source we
know of is from Trevor and Travis Stuart.
The tune was called 'Sally Ann' when the Crook Brothers played it in the 1960s, which also included the minor low part. One or possibly more radio recordings exist. Konnarock Critters also recorded it on a cassette (that was not reissued on CD)
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