Moses Williams playing the diddly bow

Date: March 11, 1980

Source: S1576 , Container 3 , C80-6

Type: Sound

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  • Which Way Did My Baby Go
  • Rolling and Tumbling
  • Catfish Blues
  • Which Way Did My Baby Go
  • Sitting On Top of the World
  • The Train
  • Baby Please Don't Go
  • Apple Farm Blues
  • Unidentified song
  • Glory, Glory Hallelujah

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  • One audio cassette. Side two is blank. The Florida Record Project resulted in the two-album recording, Drop On Down in Florida. This was an exploration of African American musical traditions in Florida. Moses Williams was originally from Mississippi. He moved to Florida in the 1950s. He played the diddly bow, a one-string homemade musical instrument, also called a "yakkedy board." Images from this performance can be found in S 1577, box 17, folder 78 (along with more information on the diddly bow). For more from this field recording session, see S 1576, reels T81-15 and T83-86.

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