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Published on Mar 14, 2012
Lee Stripling was born in Alabama in 1921. His father was Charlie Stripling, who played fiddle in the "Stripling Brothers" band, one of the most recorded and most influential string bands of the period. Lee learned a lot of tunes from his father. He joined the Army Air Force in WWII and was stationed in Seattle, WA, where he lived after the war. In the 1990s, he was "discovered" by Seattle's folk and old time music community and had a substantial influence among old time fiddlers in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. Lee passed away April 20, 2009. This tune, "Goodnight Waltz," was recorded by the Leake County Revelers in 1927, and it was the second most popular country record of that year, selling over 195,000 copies. It was kept in press until 1950. This waltz is very popular among fiddlers throughout the U.S. W. B. Reid is playing guitar. This video was made at a house concert in Seattle in the late 1990s, probably with an old Hi-8 camcorder, which accounts for its low video quality. We recorded and issued a CD of Mr. Stripling, Voyager CD 349, which can be found at www.voyagerrecords.com.