His band had shifted some players and by 1948, the group consisted of Pee Wee Maples on guitar, Red Fabacher on steel guitar, Junior Keelan on bass, Amos Comeaux on drums, and Johnnie Ruth Manuel on piano. Throughout the song, you could hear him shift the attention to his friend Francis "Red" Fabacher by calling out his name. Red had earlier worked with his brother Joseph in the group called Jolly Boys of Lafayette. He met Harry around the time both were helping Happy Fats during the early 1940s.
|Red Fabacher, Ronald Ray "Pee Wee" Lyons,|
Johnnie Ruth Smyrl, Harry Choates,
Amos Comeaux, Curly Maples
Goldstar would end up selling the masters to Pappy Daily's "D" records which re-released the song (#1024), sometimes changing the name slightly, such as "Draggin The Fiddle" (Starday #273, D 1023) and "Drag That Fiddle" (Starday #258).
Harry's lifestyle was erratic. According to Red:
I drank when I was on the bandstand, but [Harry] drank all day long.
- Country Music Originals: The Legends and the Lost By Tony Russell
Fiddlin' country style (Melodisc, 1961)
Harry Choates – The Fiddle King Of Cajun Swing (Arhoolie, 1982, 1993)
Harry Choates - Jole blon: The Original Cajun Fiddle of Harry Choates CD (D, 1999)
Cajun Fiddle King (AIM, 1999)