History

Bugs and the Singing Sword

June 15, 2024

Bugs Bunny is the star of this cartoon from 1958, and the musical saw plays a big part in this production. The cartoon is titled “Knighty Knight Bugs” and it’s the only Bugs Bunny cartoon to win an Academy Award. The plot revolves around the theft of a “singing sword,” […]

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Jimmie Rodgers: Home Call

June 1, 2024

    Since I started listening to saw players, I’ve come across a lot of surprisingly beautiful music. The saw is often considered a novelty instrument, and for that reason, sometimes the musical skill of the sawyer can be a bit underdeveloped ( I include myself in that group). Happily, […]

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Weaver Brothers Duet!

April 2, 2024

Here’s a real treat, a saw duet that actually sounds beautiful! It’s the Weaver Brothers playing a song  called “Dig Me A Grave In Missouri.” The Weaver Brothers and Elviry ( you can see her singing in the background) were also known as the Arkansas Travelers and were a popular […]

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Marlene Dietrich and the Saw

April 22, 2023

Marlene Dietrich was a Hollywood icon known for her beauty, unusual voice, and captivating performances. However, many fans of the German actress and singer may be surprised to learn that she was also an accomplished musician, with a talent for the musical saw. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, […]

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Original Hillbillies

January 10, 2023

The North Carolina Jazz Band, otherwise known as The Original Hillbillies, starred in this Vitaphone short, which came out in March of 1929. They perform several songs including “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny,”  “By the Old Oaken Bucket,” and “Wasn’t She a Dandy?” The saw is at the beginning […]

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Ford Hanford

September 25, 2022

One of the earliest recordings of the musical saw is a Victor recording of Ford Hanford playing “My Old Kentucky Home,” recorded May 2, 1921. This recording includes the musical saw with an orchestra. Mr. Hanford plays first with a hammer and then switches to a violin bow. Listen and […]

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