Fifty Years Ago

As played by Y. Z. Hamilton from the Alabama region

Waltz in D and G

From the Deep South Collection

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Do not confuse this popular waltz with the similarly-named but distinct Forty Years Ago. Alabama fiddler Y. Z. Hamilton was likely the first to record it in in 1925. The tune’s structure is AA BB A, with the A part in the key of D and the B part in the key of G. Look out for difficult double-stops.


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