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Charlie Poole and His Aleghany Highlanders

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Recorded on September 20, 1926 in New York City. Poole sings and plays the
banjo with Posey Rorer on fiddle and Ron Harvey on guitar on this tune about
the McKinley assasination. Poole and his Ramblers were one of the most
popular old-time string bands during the late twenties. Poole has proven to be
enormously influential with his 3-finger banjo playing, which developed later into
the famous Earl Scruggs bluegrass-style. Poole was quite the hell-raiser, dying
at the age of 39 in 1931; it appears he was invited to appear in a film and
Poole's resulting celebration led to a fatal drunken binge.
(taken from archive dot org)