On this day in music history: June 14, 1923 – …

On this day in music history: June 14, 1923 – “The Little Log Cabin In The Lane” by Fiddlin’ John Carson is recorded. The Georgia born fiddle player descended from Irish immigrants makes a name for himself as a musician winning fiddling contests in and around his hometown of Fannin County, GA, while supporting his family working in the cotton mills in Atlanta and in the surrounding area. In 1923, an Atlanta furniture store owner and music distributor named Polk C. Brockman brings Carson to the attention of legendary A&R man Ralph Peer (Mamie Smith, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers) then working as a talent scout and producer for Columbia subsidiary OKeh Records. Brockman persuades Peer to travel to Atlanta to meet and record Carson. Although Peer is not fond of Carson’s singing voice, later describing it as “pluperfect awful”, they go ahead with the recording session anyway. Recorded in an empty building located on Nassau Street in Atlanta, the fifty five year old fiddle player makes his recording debut, cutting two sides, the 19th century minstrel song “Little Log Cabin In The Lane” and its instrumental flip side “The Hen Cackled And The Rooster’s Gonna Crow”. Initially released as an unlabeled 78 RPM disc, its first pressing of 500 copies sells out immediately at Carson’s next live performance on July 13, 1923. This prompts OKeh to release the record nationally, and bring Carson to New York City to record more sides. “Little Log Cabin In The Lane” sells an impressive 100,000 copies, and in time is regarded as a watershed recording helping to popularize bluegrass and country music beyond its regional borders, and into mainstream America. “Little Log Cabin In The Lane” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.