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Gid Tanner

James Gideon "Gid" Tanner (June 6, 1885 – May 13, 1960) was an American old-time fiddler and one of the earliest stars of what would come to be known as country music. His band, the Skillet Lickers, was one of the most innovative and influential string bands of the 1920s and 1930s. Its most notable members were Clayton McMichen (fiddle and vocal), Dan Hornsby (vocals), Riley Puckett (guitar and vocal) and Robert Lee Sweat (guitar).

Birth and Death Data: Born June 6, 1885 (Georgia), Died May 13, 1960 (Georgia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin, leader, vocalist, speaker, banjo, guitar, jew's harp, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 226-229 of 229 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W151982 10-in. 10/29/1931 No. 2 schottische Riley Puckett ; Gid Tanner Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Columbia W151983 10-in. 10/29/1931 Parody on "Home, sweet home" Riley Puckett ; Gid Tanner Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, violin  
Brunswick C3758 10-in. 7/1/1929 Goin’ down to town Charlie Craver ; Gid Tanner Male vocal duet, with guitar vocalist  
Brunswick C3912 10-in. 7/20/1929 That old Go Hungry Hash House where we board Arkansas Charlie Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica songwriter  
(Results 226-229 of 229 records)


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