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Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo How did an ancient Swiss mountain tradition evolve into an American country-music staple? That's only one of the questions Plantenga seeks to answer...Yodel-Ay-Ee-OoooNonfiction How did an ancient Swiss mountain tradition evolve into an American country-music staple? That's only one of the questions Plantenga seeks to answer...2003-12-12
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Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Bart Plantega; Status: In Season

How did an ancient Swiss mountain tradition evolve into an American country-music staple? That’s only one of the questions Plantenga seeks to answer in his solid, exhaustive look at yodeling, a high-pitched ululation good for herding cows, marketing Tarzan, and inflicting Martian brain melt in a Tim Burton film. Moving beyond the kitsch factor, the author credits Jimmie Rodgers, the tubercular Singing Brakeman, for siring Nashville’s infatuation with this Alpine cry; notes that real cowboys probably didn’t yodel before Gene Autry; and tracks the warble as far as Bollywood and New Zealand.

Originally posted December 12 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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