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Old Dan Tucker

Traditional American Folk Song

"Old Dan Tucker", also known as "Ole Dan Tucker", "Dan Tucker", and other variants, is an American popular song. Its origins remain obscure; the tune may have come from oral tradition, and the words may have been written by songwriter and performer Dan Emmett. The blackface troupe the Virginia Minstrels popularized "Old Dan Tucker" in 1843, and it quickly became a minstrel hit, behind only "Miss Lucy Long" and "Mary Blane" in popularity during the antebellum period. "Old Dan Tucker" entered the folk vernacular around the same time. Today it is a bluegrass and country music standard. It is no. 390 in the Roud Folk Song Index.

The first sheet music edition of "Old Dan Tucker", published in 1843, is a song of boasts and nonsense in the vein of previous minstrel hits such as "Jump Jim Crow" and "Gumbo Chaff". In exaggerated Black Vernacular English, the lyrics tell of Dan Tucker's exploits in a strange town, where he fights, gets drunk, overeats, and breaks other social taboos. Minstrel troupes freely added and removed verses, and folk singers have since added hundreds more. Parodies and political versions are also known.

The song falls into the idiom of previous minstrel music, relying on rhythm and text declamation as its primary motivation. Its melody is simple and the harmony little developed. Nevertheless, contemporary critics found the song more pleasant than previous minstrel fare. Musicologist Dale Cockrell argues that the song represents a transition between early minstrel music and the more European-style songs of minstrelsy's later years.

    Release Date: 1843


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 2 - Medium High : Solo : Songbook & CD : 038081136516  : 00-16304

Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 2 - Medium High

This volume of best-loved folk songs for solo voice and piano contains fourteen memorable works arranged by three of Alfred's top writers: Jay Althouse, Mark Hayes and Ruth Elaine Schram. Includes "Camptown Races," "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and more!

Songlist: The Water Is Wide , Cindy, All Through The Night , Poor Boy , Camptown Races , Go 'Way From My Window , Simple Gifts , Poor Wayfaring Stranger, He's Gone Away , Old Dan Tucker , All My Trials , Follow the Drinking Gourd , Fire Down Below , Shenandoah

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Voicing: Solo | 5366b | Songbook & CD | $20.95


Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 2 - Medium Low : Solo : Songbook & CD : 038081136523  : 00-16305

Jay Althouse : Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 2 - Medium Low

This volume of best-loved folk songs for solo voice and piano contains fourteen memorable works arranged by three of Alfred's top writers: Jay Althouse, Mark Hayes and Ruth Elaine Schram. Includes "Camptown Races," "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and more!

Songlist: The Water Is Wide , Cindy, All Through The Night , Poor Boy , Camptown Races , Go 'Way From My Window , Simple Gifts , Poor Wayfaring Stranger, He's Gone Away , Old Dan Tucker , All My Trials , Follow the Drinking Gourd , Fire Down Below , Shenandoah

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Voicing: Solo | 5367b | Songbook & CD | $20.95


Richard Johnston (editor) : Folk Songs North America Sings : Solo : Songbook : 073999809046 : 1458424871 : 50480904

Richard Johnston (editor) : Folk Songs North America Sings

This superb 382-page resource contains more than 350 North American folk songs, carefully sequenced both rhythmically and melodically for use with the Kodály method, which is based on authentic Hungarian folk music. The collection features information about solfege, form, phrase, length, range, rhythmic construction, and more.

Songlist: Jubilee, 1 2 3, Ah Vous Dirai-Je, Maman? (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star), Animal Song, Frog Went A-Courtin', Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Christus Natus Hodie, Goodbye, Old Paint, All The Pretty Little Horses, Let Me Fly, Cumberland Gap, On Springfield Mountain, Jesus Born In Beth'ny, Alphabet Song, I Wonder As I Wander, Daddy Shot A Bear, Down In The Valley, Soldier Boy, Little Bird, Skip To My Lou, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Pretty Saro, London Bridge, The Farmer In The Dell, Hickory Dickory Dock, I Got A Letter This Morning, Riding In A Buggy, Awake, (Go Tell Aunt Rhody) The Ole Grey Goose Is Dead, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2577b | Songbook | $49.00 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Old Dan Tucker : SATB : Carol Barnett : Songbook : WW1477 : 884088640880

Carol Barnett : Old Dan Tucker

This imaginative festival setting of the well-known folk song allows the choir to take the stage. Marked boisterous, it calls for attention from the choir, with tricky rhythms and quick turns and twists. Several unison sections and easy ranges will help middle school choirs and beyond to have fun with this crowd-pleaser! Duration: ca. 3:00.

Arranger: Carol Barnett | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WW1477


Old Dan Tucker : 3-Part Mixed : Jean Perry : Sheet Music : 00-23042 : 038081222264

Jean Perry : Old Dan Tucker

You'll want to swing your partner 'round and 'round when you hear this Dave and Jean Perry arrangement of the rollicking American folk tune Ol' Dan Tucker. It's a fun-filled hoe down from start to finish in this lively theme and variations choral that's not difficult to learn, and a hoot to sing. It's a great way to enhance your group's awareness of authentic American folk literature while you develop their part singing ability. Listen for the folksy harmonica featured in the jug band style SoundTrax CD. "Yee haw!"

Arranger: Jean Perry | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-23042 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Dan Tucker : 2-Part : Dave Perry : Sheet Music : 00-23043 : 038081222271

Dave Perry : Old Dan Tucker

You'll want to swing your partner 'round and 'round when you hear this Dave and Jean Perry arrangement of the rollicking American folk tune Ol' Dan Tucker. It's a fun-filled hoe down from start to finish in this lively theme and variations choral that's not difficult to learn, and a hoot to sing. It's a great way to enhance your group's awareness of authentic American folk literature while you develop their part singing ability. Listen for the folksy harmonica featured in the jug band style SoundTrax CD. "Yee haw!"

Arranger: Dave Perry | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.65 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-23043 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Dan Tucker : 2-Part : John Leavitt : Sheet Music : 08564151 : 073999641516

John Leavitt : Old Dan Tucker

Your singers and audiences will love this song about one of the great characters in American folklore. A dazzling accompaniment for piano and fiddle and a rollicking two-part treble setting. Yee-haw! Available: 2-Part, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:00.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Country: United States

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08564151 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Dan Tucker : SATB : John Leavitt : Sheet Music : 08743492 : 073999434927

John Leavitt : Old Dan Tucker

Now available separately: older choirs, your singers and audiences will love this song about one of the great characters in American folklore. A dazzling accompaniment for piano and fiddle adds to the fun.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Country: United States

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08743492 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Dan Tucker : SSA : John Leavitt : Sheet Music : 08743493 : 073999434934

John Leavitt : Old Dan Tucker

Now available separately: older choirs, your singers and audiences will love this song about one of the great characters in American folklore. A dazzling accompaniment for piano and fiddle adds to the fun.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Country: United States

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08743493 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Dan Tucker : TTB : John Leavitt : Sheet Music : 08743494 : 073999338423

John Leavitt : Old Dan Tucker

Now available separately: older choirs, your singers and audiences will love this song about one of the great characters in American folklore. A dazzling accompaniment for piano and fiddle adds to the fun.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Country: United States

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08743494 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Dan Tucker : 2-Part : Susan Brumfield : Sheet Music : 08745373 : 884088062422

Susan Brumfield : Old Dan Tucker

The favorite folksong in an accessible version that will help 2-part choirs build their rhythmic skills. With percussion and fiddle, it will steal the show! Perforemance Time: Approx. 2:05.

Arranger: Susan Brumfield

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745373


Old Dan Tucker : SAB : Steve Kupferschmid : Sheet Music : 35015932 : 884088457013 : 1423486048

Steve Kupferschmid : Old Dan Tucker

This American folk song arrangement is a fun-filled choral complete with spoken character parts by Old Dan and his friends. Traditional in sound with easy harmonies that reflect the melody and style, this arrangement is an absolute gem for young voices. Available separately: 3-part mixed, StudioTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:38.

Arranger: Steve Kupferschmid

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35015932

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