Chanteur et fiddler Country US né John Carson le 23 mars 1868 à Fannin County (Georgie). Fiddlin' John Carson est mort le  11 décembre 1949 à Atlanta (Georgie).

Carson was born in Fannin County, Georgia, and grew up on a farm there. His father worked as a section foreman for the W&A Railroad Company. In his teens, Carson learned to play the fiddle, using an old Stradivari-copy violin brought from Ireland in the early 18th century. When he was eleven years old he used to roam the streets of Copperhill playing for tips. In his teens, he worked as a racehorse jockey.
In 1894, he was married and a couple of years later, in 1900, he began working for the Exposition Cotton Mill in Atlanta followed by work in other cotton mills of the Atlanta area for the next twenty years, eventually he was promoted to be a foreman. In 1911, Carson's family moved to Cabbagetown, Georgia and he and his children began working for the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill. Two years later, in 1913, the workers of the cotton mill went on strike for their right to form a union, and Carson had nothing else to do but to perform for a living in the streets of North Atlanta. In these days, he wrote many songs and he used to print copies and sell them in the streets for a nickel or a dime. Some of the songs he wrote dealt with real life drama like the murder ballad "Mary Phagan". Because the governor of Georgia, John Marshall Slaton, commuted the death sentence of the accused murderer of Mary Phagan to a life sentence, Carson, in outrage, wrote another version of "Mary Phagan" where he accused the governor of being paid a million dollar from a New York bank to change the verdict. Carson was thrown in jail for slander. (The accused killer, Leo Frank, was lynched; decades later, a witness gave testimony indicating that the killer had actually been another man, Jim Conley.)
On April 1, 1913 Carson performed at the first annual "Georgia Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention", held at the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, where he only became fourth. But between 1914 and 1922 he was proclaimed "Champion Fiddler of Georgia" seven times. The governor of Tennessee, Robert L. Taylor dubbed him "Fiddlin' John". In 1919, Carson began touring, mostly the areas north of Atlanta, with his newly formed band the Cronies. He became associated with many politicians of Georgia, like Tom Watson, Herman Talmadge and Eugene Talmadge, relations that gave rise to new songs like "Tom Watson Special". Carson and his daughter Rosa Lee began a series of performances for different political campaigns: for the Tom Watson U.S. Senate Campaign in 1920, for all of the Gene Talmadge's campaigns, and for the Herman Talmadge governor campaign. On September 9, 1922, Carson made his radio debut at Atlanta Journal's radio station WSB in Atlanta, It was reported by the Atlanta Journal that Carson's fame quickly spread all over the United States following his broadcast at WSB.
In early June 1923, Polk C. Brockman, an Atlanta furniture store owner, who had been instrumental in the distribution of records for Okeh, went to New York to work out a new business deal with Okeh Records. Later, in New York, he was asked if he knew of any artist in Atlanta that could justify a recording trip to Georgia. Brockman promised to return with an answer. A few days later, he was watching a movie followed by a silent newsreel at the Palace Theater in Times Square. The newsreel contained footage of Fiddlin' John Carson from an old time fiddler's contest in Virginia. Brockman wrote in his notebook: "Record Fiddlin' John Carson". At his next meeting with Okeh Records Board, he persuaded Ralph Peer to go ahead and record Carson.
About June 14, 1923 (date is uncertain), Carson made his recording debut in an empty building on Nassau Street in Atlanta, cutting two sides, "The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane" and "The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster's going to Crow." Peer didn't like the singing style of Carson and described it "pluperfect awful" but he was persuaded by Brockman to press five hundred for him to distribute. The recording was immediately sold out from the stage of the next Fiddler's convention on July 13, 1923. Peer, realizing Carson's potential, immediately invited Carson to New York for another recording session.
Fiddlin' John Carson ceased recording temporarily in 1931 but resumed in 1934, now for the Victor label. Between 1923 and 1931, Carson recorded almost 150 songs, mostly together with the "Virginia Reelers" or his daughter Rosa Lee Carson, who performed with him as "Moonshine Kate". He wrote more than 150 songs in his life but only nine were ever copyrighted. Because Carson couldn't read sheet music he had his songs transferred to standard notation by the stepdaughter of preacher Andrew Jenkins, Irene Spain. Carson was involved in several copyright issues with both Okeh Records and other musicians during his active career.
In his later years, he worked for the local government as an elevator operator in Atlanta, a job he had obtained through his friendship with governor Herman Talmadge. He died in 1949 in Atlanta, Georgia, and is buried in Sylvester Cemetery in the East Atlanta neighborhood of Atlanta.

Talents : Vocals, Fiddle

Style musical : Old Time, Hillbilly

THE OLD HEN CACKLED AND THE ROOSTER'S GOING TO CROW (1923)

SWANEE RIVER (1927)

OLD JOE CLARK (1928)

MY HOME IN DIXIELAND (1931)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t.

1923 78 t. OKEH 4890 (US) The Old Hen Cackled And The Rooster's Going To Crow / The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane
12/1923 78 t.. OKEH 40020 (US) Billy In The Low Ground / When You And I Were Young Maggie
1924 78 t. OKEH 4994 (US) You'll Never Miss Your Mother Till She's Gone / Papa's Billy Goat
02/1924 78 t. OKEH 40038 (US) Casey Jones / Fare You Well Old Joe Clark
03/1924 78 t. OKEH 40050 (US) Tom Watson Special / Be Kind To A Man When He's Down
04/1924 78 t. OKEH 40071 (US) The Kickin' Mule / The Farmer Is The Man That Feeds Them All
05/1924 78 t. OKEH 40095 (US) Dixie Boll Weevil / Old Sally Gooden
06/1924 78 t. OKEH 40108 (US) Old Aunt Peggy, Won't You Set 'em Up Again? / Arkansas Traveler
07/1924 78 t. OKEH 40119 (US) I Got Mine / The Cat Came Back
09/1924 78 t. OKEH 40181 (US) When Abraham And Isaac Rushed Out / Old And In The Way
10/1924 78 t. OKEH 40196 (US) I'm Nine Hundred Miles From Home / I'm Glad My Wife's In Europe
10/1924 78 t. OKEH 40204 (US) Alabama Gal / It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'
1924 78 t. 12" OKEH 7003 (US) Dixie Division / Sugar In The Ground
1924 78 t. 12" OKEH 7004 (US) Dixie Cowboy / John Henry Blues
12/1924 78 t. OKEH 40230 (US) Run, Nigger, Run / Turkey In The Straw
12/1924 78 t. OKEH 40238 (US) Nancy Rowland / Jimmie On The Railroad
01/1925 78 t. OKEH 40263 (US) Old Dan Tucker / Old Uncle Ned
1925 78 t. 12" OKEH 7006 (US) The Baggage Coach Ahead / The Orphan Child
1925 78 t. 12" OKEH 7008 (US) The Lightning Express / The Letter Edged In Black
03/1925 78 t. OKEH 40306 (US) Steamboat Bill / Boil Dem Cabbage Down
04/1925 78 t. OKEH 40343 (US) It Takes A Little Rain With The Sunshine / My North Georgia Home
05/1925 78 t. OKEH 40363 (US) Charming Betsy / The Death Of Floyd Collins
07/1925 78 t. OKEH 40411 (US) The Honest Farmer / There's Hard Time Coming
08/1925 78 t. OKEH 40419 (US) The Boston Burglar / Sally Ann
09/1925 78 t. OKEH 40444 (US) The Hawk And The Buzzard / Bully Of The Town
10/1925 78 t. OKEH 45001 (US) To Welcome Travelers Home / Run Along Home With Lindy
11/1925 78 t. OKEH 45011 (US) Soldier's Joy / Hop Light Ladies
12/1925 78 t. OKEH 45018 (US) Hell Broke Loose In Georgia / Flat Footed Nigger
01/1926 78 t. OKEH 45028 (US) Grave Of Little Mary Phagan / All Alone By The Sea Side
02/1926 78 t. OKEH 45032 (US) Do Round My Lindy / Drunkard's Hiccoughs
04/1926 78 t. OKEH 45035 (US) Liberty / Old Frying Pan And A Camp Kettle
06/1926 78 t. OKEH 45040 (US) Georgia Wagner / Cackling Pullet
08/1926 78 t. OKEH 45049 (US) Goodbye Liza Jane / If There Wasn't Any Women In The World
10/1926 78 t. OKEH 45056 (US) Everybody Works But Father / Batchelor's Ball
12/1926 78 t. OKEH 45068 (US) Fire In The Mountain / Peter Went Fishing
01/1927 78 t. OKEH 45077 (US) When We Meet On The Beautiful Shore / It's A Long Long Way To Tipperary
04/1927 78 t. OKEH 45096 (US) Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / In My Old Cabin Home
08/1927 78 t. OKEH 45122 (US) It's A Shame To Whip Your Wife On Sunday / Cotton Eyed Joe
10/1927 78 t. OKEH 45139 (US) Jesse James / Swanee River
12/1927 78 t. OKEH 45159 (US) I'm Gonna Swing On The Golden Gate / Hell Bound For Alabama
01/1928 78 t. OKEH 45167 (US) If You Can't Get The Stopper Out / Turkey In The Hay
02/1928 78 t. OKEH 45176 (US) Did He Ever Return / Engineer On The Mogull
04/1928 78 t. OKEH 45186 (US) Quit That Ticklin' Me / Smoke Goes Out The Chimney Just The Same
05/1928 78 t. OKEH 45198 (US) Little Log Cabin By The Stream / Old Joe Clark
07/1928 78 t. OKEH 45214 (US) Going Down To Cripple Creek / Run Along Home Sandy
10/1928 78 t. OKEH 45259 (US) Burgular And The Old Maid / There Ain't No Bugs On Me
11/1928 78 t. OKEH 45273 (US) Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over / Old And In The Way
12/1928 78 t. OKEH 45290 (US) John Makes Good Licker / Moonshine Kate
02/1929 78 t. OKEH 45301 (US) Be Kind To A Man When He's Down / It Won't Happen Again For Years
04/1929 78 t. OKEH 45321 (US) You Can't Get Milk From A Cow Named Ben / Going To The County Fair
06/1929 78 t. OKEH 45338 (US) Down South Where The Sugar Cane Grows / Hawk And Buzzard (Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE)
08/1929 78 t. OKEH 45353 (US) My Ford Sedan / I'll Meet Her When The Sun Goes Down (Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE)
09/1929 78 t. OKEH 45369 (US) John Makes Good Likker #3 (Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE) / John Makes Good Likker #4
10/1929 78 t. OKEH 45384 (US) Welccome The Travelers Home No.2 / You'll Never Miss Your Mother No.2
12/1929 78 t. OKEH 45402 (US) Times Are Not Like They Used To Be / She's More Like Her Mother Every Day
01/1930 78 t. OKEH 45415 (US) Corn Likker And Barbeque / Corn Likker And Barbeque No.2
04/1930 78 t. OKEH 45434 (US) Sunny Tennessee / Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Likker Gives Out
05/1930 78 t. OKEH 45440 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Kate's Snuff Box / Pa's Birthday Party
06/1930 78 t. OKEH 45445 (US) The Hen And The Rooster / The Raccoon And The Possum
07/1930 78 t. OKEH 45448 (US) Who Bit The Wart Off Grandma's Nose / Who's The Best Fiddler (Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE)
09/1930 78 t. OKEH 45458 (US) John In The Army / You Gotta Let My Dog Alone
10/1930 78 t. OKEH 45471 (US) Last Of The Old Dollar Is Gone / Old Grey Horse Ain't What He Used To Be (Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE)
11/1930 78 t. OKEH 45488 (US) On The Banks Of Old Tennessee / Silver Threads Among The Gold
12/1930 78 t. OKEH 45498 (US) I'm Going Where The Climate Suits Me / Dominicker Duck
02/1931 78 t. OKEH 45513 (US) Old Ship Is Sailing For The Promised Land / My Home In Dixieland
1931 78 t. OKEH 45542 (US) Take The Train To Charlotte / Little More Sugar In My Coffee
11/1931 78 t. OKEH 45555 (US) I Intend To Make Heaven My Home / My Man's A Jolly Railroad Man (Moonshine KATE)
01/1932 78 t. OKEH 45569 (US) After The Ball / Didn't He Ramble
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5401 (US) Georgia 3 Dollar Tag / New Comin' Round The Mountain
05/1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5447 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Do You Ever Think Of Me / Stockade Blues
05/1934 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M4848 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Do You Ever Think Of Me / Stockade Blues
06/1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5483 (US) The Storm That Struck Miami / I Want To Make Heaven My Home
08/1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5560 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - When The Saints Go Marching In / Bear Me Away On Snowy White Wings
10/1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5652 (US) There's No Bugs On Me / Going Where The Sugar Cane Grows
01/1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5742 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Taxes On The Farmer Feeds Them All / The Honest Farmer
01/1935 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M4849 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Taxes On The Farmer Feeds Them All / The Honest Farmer
02/1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5787 (US) Mama's Nanny Goat / Papa's Billy Goat
06/1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-5959 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Old And In The Way / I'm Old And Feeble
06/1935 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M4850 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Old And In The Way / I'm Old And Feeble
08/1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6022 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Be Kind To A Man When He's Down / You'll Never Miss Your Mother Till She's Gone
02/1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6047 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - I'm Glad My Wife's In Europe / Since She Took My Likker From Me
02/1936 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 4851 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Bear Me Away On Snowy White Wings / Be Kind To A Man When He's Down
02/1936 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 4852 (US) Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - I'm Glad My Wife's In Europe / Since She Took My Likker From Me



Albums

1973 LP 12" ROUNDER RR 1003 (US) THE OLD HEN CACKLED AND THE ROOSTER'S GONNA CROW - Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane / There's A Hard Time Coming / It's A Shame To Whip Your Wife On Sunday / The Old Hen Cackled And The Rooster's Gonna Crow / The Bachelor's Hall / The Smoke Goes out The Chimney Just The Same / Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Licker Gives Out? / Georgia's Three-Dollar Tag / Do Round My Lindy / The Honest Farmer / Gonna Swing On The Golden Gate / Corn Licker And Barbecue - Part Two / I'm Nine Hundred Miles From Home / I'm Glad My Wife's In Europe / Sugar In The Gourd / Engineer On The Mogull
01/1998 CD DOCUMENT 8014 (UK) COMPLETE RECORDER WORKS IN CHROLOGICAL ORDER - VOLUME 1 - C. 14 JUNE 1923 TO APRIL 1924 - The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane / The Old Hen Cackled And The Rooster's Gonna Crow / When You And I Were Young, Maggie / You'll Never Miss Your Mother Until She's Gone / Be Kind To A Man When He's Down / Billy In The Low Ground / Casey Jones / Old Sallie Goodman / Fare You Well Old Joe Clark / The Farmer Is The Man That Feeds Them All / Papa's Billy Goat / The Kickin' Mule / Nancy Rowland / Tom Watson Special / Old And In The Way / Dixie Boll Weevil / When Abraham And Isaac Rushed The Can / The Cat Came Back / I Got Mine / Dixie Cowboy / John Henry Blues / Arkansas Traveler / Old Aunt Peggy, Won't You Set 'Em Up Again?
01/1998 CD DOCUMENT 8015 (UK) COMPLETE RECORDER WORKS IN CHROLOGICAL ORDER - VOLUME II - APRIL 1924 TO 24 JUNE 1925 - Dixie Division / Sugar In The Gourd / The Lightning Express / I'm Glad My Wife's In Europe / Turkey In The Straw / Jimmie On The Railroad / Run, Nigger, Run / I'm Nine Hundred Miles From Home / It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' / Alabama Gal (Won't You Come Home Tonight?) / The Baggage Coach Ahead / The Orphan Child / The Letter Edged In Black / Steamboat Bill / It Takes A Little Rain With The Sunshine / Old Dan Tucker / Boil Dem Cabbage Down / Old Uncle Ned / My North Georgia Home / The Death Of Floyd Collins / Charming Betsy / Sally Ann
01/1998 CD DOCUMENT 8016 (UK) COMPLETE RECORDER WORKS IN CHROLOGICAL ORDER - VOLUME III - 24 JUNE 1925 TO 11 MARCH 1926 - There's A Hard Time Coming / The Boston Burglar / Little Mary Phagan / The Honest Farmer / To Welcome The Travellers Home / Run Along Home With Lindy / The Lone Child / Flat-Footed Nigger / Bully Of The Town / Hop Light, Lady / The Hawk And The Buzzard / Hell Broke Loose In Georgia / Soldier's Joy / The Drinker's Child / The Grave Of Little Mary Phagan / All Alone By The Sea Side / Do Round My Lindy / The Batchelors Hall / The Drunkard's Hiccups / Liberty / The Old Frying Pan And The Old Camp Kettle / Cackling Pullet / Georgia Wagner / Goodbye Liza Jane / If There Wasn't Any Women In The World
01/1998 CD DOCUMENT 8017 (UK) COMPLETE RECORDER WORKS IN CHROLOGICAL ORDER - VOLUME IV - 17 MARCH 1926 TO 11 OCTOBER 1927 - Everybody Works But Father / Fire On The Mountain / Peter Went Fishing / When We Meet On That Beautiful Shore / Long Way To Tipperary / Be Kind To A Man When He's Down / In My Old Cabin Home / Old And In The Way / It's A Shame To Whip Your Wife On Sunday / Cotton Eyed Joe / Jesse James / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Swanee River / Old Joe Clark / Gonna Swing On The Golden Gate / Did He Ever Return? / If You Can't Get The Stopper Out Break Off The Neck / Engineer On The Mogull / Hell Bound For Alabama / Turkey In The Hay / The Smoke Goes Out The Chimney Just The Same / Going Down To Cripple Creek / Quit That Ticklin' Me / It Won't Happen Again For A Hundred Years Or More
03/0998 CD DOCUMENT 8018 (UK) COMPLETE RECORDER WORKS IN CHROLOGICAL ORDER - VOLUME V - 11 OCTOBER 1927 TO 17 DECEMBER 1929 - The Little Log Cabin By The Stream / Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over / Run Along Home, Sandy / Moonshine Kate / John Makes Good Licker / I'm Going To Take The Train To Charlotte / Ain't No Bugs On Me / The Burglar And The Old Maid / The Hawk And The Buzzard / Down South Where The Sugar Cane Grows / Meet Her When The Sun Goes Down / My Ford Sedan / You Can't Get Milk From A Cow Named Ben / Going To The Country Fair / Welcome To The Travelers Home No. 2 / You'll Never Miss Your Mother Until She's Gone No. 2 / John Makes Good Liquor, Pt. 3 / John Makes Good Liquor, Pt. 4 / She's More Like Her Mother Every Day / Times Are Not Like They Used To Be / Pa's Birthday / Corn Licker & Barbecue, Pt. 1 / Corn Licker & Barbecue, Pt. 2 / Who's The Best Fiddler?
03/1998 CD DOCUMENT 8019 (UK) COMPLETE RECORDER WORKS IN CHROLOGICAL ORDER - VOLUME VI - 17 DECEMBER 1929 TO 9 DECEMBER 1930 - Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Who Bit The Wart Off Grandma's Nose / Kate's Snuff Box / Sunny Tennessee / Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Licker Gives Out? / The Last Old Dollar Is Gone / Texas Blues / Raggedy Riley / The Raccoon And The Possum / Hen And The Rooster / Goin' Where The Climatre Suits My Clothes / The Dominicker Duck / Silver Threads Among The Gold / On The Banks Of Old Tennessee / You Gotta Let My Dog Alone / John In The Army / The Old Grey Horse Ain't What He Used To Be / After The Ball / My Home In Dixie-Land / The Old Ship Is Sailing For The Promised Land / At The Cross / Take The Train To Charlotte / Little More Sugar In The Coffee / Didn't He Ramble
03/1998 CD DOCUMENT 8020 (UK) COMPLETE RECORDER WORKS IN CHROLOGICAL ORDER - VOLUME VII - 9 DECEMBER 1930 TO 28 FEBRUARY 1934 - Fiddlin' John CARSON & Moonshine KATE - Are You Going To Leave The Old Home / The Poor Girl Story / My Man's A Jolly Railroad Man / I Intend To Make Heaven My Home / Papa's Billy Goat / Mama's Nanny Goat / I'm Glad My Wife's In Europe / Be Kind To A Man When He's Down / You'll Never Miss Your Mother Until She's Gone / Since She Took My Licker From Me / The New Comin' 'round The Mountain / When The Saints Go Marching In / The Honest Farmer / Taxes On The Farmer Feeds Them All / Bear Me Away On Your Snowy White Wings / I Want To Make Heaven My Home / Going Where The Sugar Cane Grows / The Storm That Struck Miami / Georgia's Three-Dollar Tag / I'm Old And Feeble / Old And In The Way / Stockade Blues / Do You Ever Think Of Me? / Ain't No Bugs On Me

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