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Alexander Campbell Robertson, 20 November 1886, Delaney, Madison County, Arkansas, USA, d. 15 February 1975. He grew up in Texas and as a boy learned to play the fiddle, guitar and banjo, although it was as a fiddler that he established himself. The story exists that, as a boy who badly wanted a fiddle, he once made himself a substitute by skinning the family cat and stretching the skin over a gourd.
In 1903, he toured with medicine shows but after his marriage in 1906, he confined his playing to more local venues, sometimes even providing musical backing for the silent western films. His love of the Western image not only saw him become the first country musician to wear cowboy dress but, in 1918, he was known as the Cowboy Fiddler. In June 1922, he and fellow fiddler Henry Galliland, a 76-year-old Civil War veteran from Altus, Oklahoma, were engaged to play at a reunion of Old Confederate Soldiers in Richmond, Virginia. After the reunion,...