Cherokee Fiddle

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"Cherokee Fiddle"
Single by Johnny Lee and Friends
from the album Sounds Like Love
B-side"You Know Me"
ReleasedOctober 4, 1982
GenreCountry, country rock
Songwriter(s)Michael Martin Murphey
Producer(s)Jim Ed Norman, John Boylan
Johnny Lee and Friends singles chronology
"When You Fall in Love"
"Cherokee Fiddle"
"Sounds Like Love"

"Cherokee Fiddle" is a song written by Michael Martin Murphey. Murphey's version of the song went to number 58 on the Hot Country Singles chart in 1977. The story is based on a talented Choctaw fiddle player named "Scooter" who would play solo (and drink) as the narrow gauge train pulled into the station in Silverton, Colorado.

In 1979, the song was recorded by American country music artist Johnny Lee. His version was included on the soundtrack album for the 1980 motion picture Urban Cowboy. A remixed version was re-released in October 1982 as the first single from Lee's album Sounds Like Love. This version reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The 1982 remix features backing vocals from Murphey and Rosemary Butler and fiddle by Charlie Daniels,[1] while the original mix features backing vocals from Butler, Marcy Levy and Tom Kelly and fiddle by Byron Berline. Furthermore, Lee did a complete re-recording of the song for his 1990 compilation "The Best of Johnny Lee".

Chart performance[edit]

Michael Martin Murphey[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 58

Johnny Lee[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 24


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 198.
  2. ^ "Michael Martin Murphey Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Johnny Lee Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.