Charleston Number One

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in C

From the Gene Goforth Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
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Recording of Gene Goforth released on the album Gene Goforth: Eminence Breakdown


This crooked relative to Texas standard Done Gone was a hit for Mississippi string band Narmour and Smith. I’m calling it a breakdown to be consistent with other versions posted here, but Goforth played it almost like a rag. There are lots of accidentals, which I believe to have been intentional. Play the high Cs a little flat, somewhere between a B and a C.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Done Gone, Charleston Number One

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