3 10" analog reel to reel audio tapes (TTA-0184A/C).
The acetate instantaneous discs from which these tapes were made were
purchased by Dr. Charles Wolfe, Middle Tennessee State University, from
the estate of Roy Acuff and were loaned to the Center for copying by Dr.
Wolfe. The tapes were made by Center audio specialist Bruce Nemerov.
Tommy Magness, who was born near Ducktown Tennessee, began his career as a fiddler with Roy Hall in Virginia and later played with Bill Monroe and performed on Monroe's original recording of "Mule Skinner Blues". Magness spent most of his career with Roy Acuff and appeared extensively with his band on radio and records in the 1930's and 1940's. Acuff, himself a student of traditional music, made these recordings to capture Magness's large repertoire of traditional fiddle tunes.
-- information from Charles Wolfe and Bruce Nemerov, January 1995
Scope and content:
Roy Acuff recorded the 16 original 10" 78 rpm instantaneous discs by
Tommy Magness, fiddle, and Peter "Brother Oswald" Kirby, guitar, on March
16 and 17 1948. The audio tape logs made by Bruce Nemerov which follow
include a complete list of the fiddle tunes on the tapes and the key in
which each was played.
Audiovisual materials are filed first by format, then by tape number
in the audiovisual archives.
Reference use copies (TCA-0184A/B) are filed with commercial audio tapes.
April 24, 2000