Charleston Number One

As played by Doc Roberts from the Kentucky region

Reel or Breakdown in C

From the Doc Roberts Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record


Bluegrass and Texas fiddlers will recognize the A part of this tune as the A part of Done Gone.  (A transcription of Eck Robertson's excellent version of Done Gone can be found here in the Eck Robertson Collection.)  The Charleston Number One variant was popularized by Mississippi string band Narmour and Smith, and this is Doc Roberts' cover of that version.  Roberts normally recorded tunes from his region of Kentucky, but he sometimes performed covers such as this one.

This isn't a very difficult tune, but it is nice and recognizable.  The B part is crooked, having two extra beats.

Here's a YouTube video of the Narmour and Smith version:

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Done Gone, Charleston Number One

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