The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #52945   Message #4057012
Posted By: Lighter
03-Jun-20 - 04:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
Subject: RE: Origins: Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
My candidate for the source of the tune:

"Walking in the Parlor."

A snippet of NC fiddler Frank George's version is here:

https://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Music-Banjo-Fiddle-Bagpipes/dp/B001GXIZIY/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Unfortunately early documentation of this tune is, um, scarce. A different tune to about the same title dates from the 1850s.