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Dana Robinson 06-05-2009 09:24 AM

Copyright on Delta Queen Calliope tune?
Hi folks,
Dana Robinson here.
Does anyone know what the name of this DQ Calliope tune is? [url][/url]

Last summer I wrote a song called "Delta Queen." I am about to release it on a CD and I would like to end the song with a fade in and out of her calliope playing. This is my preferred tune. I just don't want to infringe on any copyrights. I expect this song will get national airplay and help inform many more people about the Delta Queen.
Any info would be appreciated.
Thank you!
Dana Robinson
[url=]Dana & Susan Robinson | Neo-Traditional Singer-Songwriters[/url]

David Dewey 06-05-2009 10:16 AM

This is a medley of three songs, all from the 'teens, I think. I can't swear by the names, but here's what I think they are:
1) Walkin' with my Baby on a Sunday Afternoon
2) When you wore a Tulip and I wore a big red rose (or is it yellow rose??--senior moment!)
3) AAAUGH-- I know the tune, I can't think of the words!!
I think by now that they are all in the public domain.
My suggestion? Use John Hartford's Delta Queen Waltz. I have recordings of Travis playing it, and I'm sure others have them too.
David D.

Dana Robinson 06-05-2009 10:51 AM

Delta Queen Calliope tune
Hi David,
Is that John Hartford tune played on the calliope? That's the sound I want.
I did a search for "Walkin' with my Baby on a Sunday Afternoon" and I don't think that's the actual title.
Thanks very much for the help!
- Dana

Judy Patsch 06-05-2009 11:17 AM

Song titles
The 3 songs are:
Cruising Down the River(on a Sunday afternoon)
When You Wore a Tulip
Here Comes the Showboat

Do you have a date or name of the player? It sounds like our Travis, or else in earlier days Vic Tooker.

David Dewey 06-05-2009 02:43 PM

RIGHT! I can never remember the RIGHT words! Thanks Judy!
But I knew the tunes. . . Does that count? :)
I don't think there is a commercial recording of The Delta Queen Waltz on the Calliope, there are some on "regular" instruments however. BUT I do have my own, played by Travis and it's a digital file.
David D.

Lexie Palmore 06-05-2009 03:36 PM

A little too slow a tempo for Vic, I think. As we all know, there has always been a lot of emulation amongst calliope players. That makes it kind of hard to figure out just who is the artiste, but my bet is on it being a fairly old recording that was probably sold commercially.

Ted Guillaum 06-05-2009 04:59 PM

Delta Queen Waltz
You can see and hear the Delta Queen Waltz played on the DQ calliope with natural river echo's on my You Tube video. Perhaps you can copy the audio for your purposes. Here is a link to the video. The DQ Waltz begins 6 minutes and 28 seconds into the video and plays to the conclusion.

[url=]YouTube - Delta Queen Steamboat[/url]

inactive user 02 06-05-2009 11:48 PM


In your recording of the calliope of the DELTA QUEEN playing Capt. John Hartford's phenominal number "Delta Queen Waltz", that is moi butchering it all up on the steam and iron piano.

In subsequent years, I have cleaned up my interpretation of the number to a more plausible replication of the haunting/stirring melody!


inactive user 02 06-05-2009 11:57 PM


The link you posted is a recording of one of our board regular posters and a highly talented Ragtime virtuoso and former DELTA QUEEN Steamboatin' Director, Tom "Jazzou" Jones. He is a natural born talent at the steam calliope, as this recording (by our webmaster Franz Neumeier) will clearly attest to!

I met "Jazzou" aboard the DELTA QUEEN in 1979 at the keyboard of the calliope, where I made a cassette recording of him in full performance. It is one of many I have of him performing and one of the most cherished in my personal collection.


Jazzou Jones 06-07-2009 07:45 PM

You are right about emulation, Lexie. The three players I emulated in my early days are Gabe, Doc and Vic - learned a lot from listening to all of them, so I'm sure you'd hear their little snippets sprinkled through my stylings.

In my later years, I would love to have emulated the magnificent Travis, but I couldn't begin to touch his wonderfully vast and varied repertoire, especially when it came to stuff like Phantom. That kid was born to play the calliope, and he took it to a whole new level.

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