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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hoyt Ming day

Hoyt Ming was a potatoe farmer, who played for quit a time in the 1920s and 1930s with his string band, the Pep Steppers. Ming was born in 1902 in Choctaw County, Mississippi, and took up the fiddle at the age of 15, when his father invited a band to play on their porch. In 1928, Ming noticed that Ralph Peer was in Tupelo to find local old-time musicians. Along with his family band (Ming's wife Rosetta on guitar and brother Troy on mandolin), he auditioned and got a contract. Peer arranged a session in Memphis, where Ming and his Pep Steppers recorded four songs - "Indian War Whoop" and "Florida Blues" among others. Peer later renamed the latter "Tupelo Blues", because of Ming's origin. When County record producer David Freeman traced down Ming, he first travelled to Tupelo (because of the song name) to search for Ming. If Peer wouldn't have changed the name, researchers would still search for Ming in Florida. However, Ming continued to play through the 1930s, but gave up fiddling in the 1950s. He was re-discovered in 1972 by Freeman and appeared on several folk festivals with his wife Rosetta, eventually appearing in the movie "Ode to Billy Joe". I have no information of his death.

Some tunes:

1. Indian War Whoop
2. Tupelo Blues
3. Old Red

2 comments:

JBL said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYG7bqfV9c8

About 7:30 into the clip is Hoyt and his band.

Mellow said...

Very cool. thanks!