Bonaparte's Retreat

As played by Austin Rogers from the Alabama region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Austin Rogers Collection

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Local fiddlers in North Alabama

After transcribing Melvin Wine's version of Bonaparte's Retreat, I remembered that I used to play a different version and set out to recall how I played it. So here it is. I play it with three parts. The third part is what we called the hoochie coochie part back in Alabama, and some fiddlers don't play it. This version is fairly simple, would be a good tune for beginners to work on.

Here's a YouTube video of Hillar Bergman playing a a version very similar to mine, but without the hoochie coochie part:

Here's a version (with vocals) from the Lawrence Welk Show, including the hoochie coochie part:

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