BONAPARTE'S RETREAT

Latest update on 08/05/2014

Artist: A.A. Gray
Author: traditional
Label: Okeh
Year: 1924

North Georgia fiddler (1881-1939) who won third place honors at the 1920 Georgia Old Time Fiddler's Association state contest in Atlanta and four years later recorded it as a solo fiddler tune. Fife & drum corps march instrumental for ages, at least pre Civil War.

Covers:

1929:

Crockett Family Mountaineers [role model for Pee Wee King's later hit version]

1929:

Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers

1936:

Arthur Smith

1936:

Smoky Mountain Fiddler Trio

1937:

William H. Stepp [from Kentucky; Library of Congress recording transcribed by Ruth Crawford Seeger and collected in John & Alan Lomax's '41 songbook Our Singing Country]

1942:

Aaron Copland [using the Stepp version for the Rodeo theme of his suite Hoedown]

1949:

Pee Wee King [top 10 C&W; lyrics and vocal: Redd Stewart]

1950:

Gene Krupa

1950:

Leon McAuliffe

1950:

Kay Starr

1954:

Jean Ritchie [on album Field Trip]

1957:

Justin Tubb

1959:

Norman Edmunds [Lomax recording]

1959:

Billy Grammer

1960:

Watson Family [with Doc Watson]

1960:

Kitty Wells

1961:

Warner Mack

1961:

Hardrock Gunter & His Thunderbirds

1962:

Mike Seeger

1962:

Sue Thompson

1964:

Richard & Mimi Farina

1967:

Hank Locklin

1969:

Don Gibson

1970:

Carl Smith

1972:

Glen Campbell [top 3 C&W]

1972:

Michael Nesmith

1972:

Emerson, Lake & Palmer [as Hoedown; they also cut Copland's Fanfare For The Common Man]

1975:

Willie Nelson

1976:

Chieftains

1978:

Dave Swarbrick

1978:

Olla Belle Reed

1998:

Wyclef Jean [with extra lyrics from Haiti]

1999:

Hot Club Of Cowtown

2002:

Bela Fleck [as Hoedown]

Scion of an old Irish air (The Eagle's Whistle). The Island Of St. Helena (Boney's In St. Helena) used the same tune. The Retreat in question is 'Boney' Napoleon's final retreat, the island of St. Helena. Many Irish served in his army (with England as a common enemy).

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