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    Default Copyright on Delta Queen Calliope tune?

    Hi folks,
    Dana Robinson here.
    Does anyone know what the name of this DQ Calliope tune is? http://www.steamboats.org/assets/med...o/caliope7.mp3

    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
    Dana & Susan Robinson | Neo-Traditional Singer-Songwriters

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    DAna,
    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.
    S'
    David D.

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    Default 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

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    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.

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    RIGHT! I can never remember the RIGHT words! Thanks Judy!
    But I knew the tunes. . . Does that count? :)
    Dana,
    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.
    Steamcerely,
    David D.

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    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.

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    Default 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.

    YouTube - Delta Queen Steamboat

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    Ted,

    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!

    Travis

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    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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    In my amateurish attempt to play the calliope, I decided to emulate, I think it was Doc, in a rendition of Tuck Me Away In My Old Kentucky Home, which is one of my favorites. This was pretty easy to copy, but I never tried it on the real thing. Occasionally I was pressed, or pressured, into service as a calliope player, but that was a last resort sort of thing, like when all the real musicians were otherwisely occupied or asleep, and, "oh my goodness, there are three people on that lock wall, go play them a couple of tunes."

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