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Ridgel's Fountain Citians

About The Group

Ridgel's Fountain Citians was an old-time string band that in 1929 and 1930 recorded for the Vocalion label. They hailed from the Knoxville suburb of Fountain City (now incorporated into the larger city). Regular personnel consisted of fiddler Leroy Ridgel (November 1887-July 11, 1965), his sons Ancil (December 3, 1908-July 1976) on mandolin, Carthel (January 25,1912-Sepember17,2003) on guitar, and neighbor Millard Whited (August 13, 1905-January 4, 1969) on 12-string guitar. Ancil and Millard generally handled the vocals.

Leroy Ridgel came from Illinois, but for several years from 1910 he and wife Mary lived in Oklahoma. In the mid-1920s they settled in Fountain City, Tennessee that had been Mary's place of birth. Leroy had fiddled in Oklahoma and continued doing so at local functions in Tennessee.

After their last recording sessions, the group disbanded and members eventually drifted out off music.

Vocalion 5427 - Ridgels Fountain Citians - Gittin' Upstairs - Knoxville, TN - April 1930

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5363 A Be Ready
  5363 B Hallelujah to the Lamb
  5369 B Free Little Bird
  5389 A Little Bonnie
  5427 A Baby, Call Your Dog Off
  5427 B Gittin? Upstairs
  5455 A The Bald Headed End of a Broom
  5455 B The Nick Nack Song

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