There’s a Small Hotel was composed and written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1936. Like other songs they wrote, they wrote this song for one movie and the studio ended up using it in other movies instead. Art Tatum recorded it in 1954. It is available on Disc 5 track 3 on the Art Tatum Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces. A nice and easy take on a much recorded song. For more on the song, look here.
Here’s That Rainy Day was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke, published in 1953 .Here we have Barney Kessel’s performance with his group, recording date unknown. Barney Kessel was a great Jazz guitarist. The most famous vocal performances of this tune were done by Frank Sinatra. This song was a great favorite of Johnny Carson host of The Tonight Show that was once the most popular late night talk show on U.S. television. For more about the song, look here. This post is for Linda.
West Wind was recorded February 1, 1936. The song was written by Ager, Newman and Mencher. In a rare incidence, the video includes the Waller Rhythm band credits (it’s his usual group of players for the mid 1930’s) This Fats record is new to me, I’ve never heard it before, which is a good reason to play it. It certainly is a different record for Fats.
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According to gullivior, this was likely a home recording in 1948. The song was composed and lyrics written by Walter Donaldson in 1930 Upon release it became a big hit. It eventually became a jazz and pop standard. Tatum played a very bouncy take of this tune. For more on the tune, see here.
I might have played this one before, but it’s been awhile since I’ve played Annette Hanshaw. Say it Isn’t So was composed by Irving Berlin in 1932. Annette Hanshaw’s version was recorded September 12, 1932. When I was a child, my mother used to sing this song when she was doing yard work or laundry. I’m not sure who’s version she preferred, so I’ll choose Annette Hanshaw’s.
I used to Love You (But It’s All Over Now) is from a 1938 Radio Broadcast. The song was originally composed in 1920 by Albert Von Tizer with lyrics by Lew Brown. That makes it a real oldie. The piano solo in this song reminds me of what Don Brown once said about Fats Waller: “He just cranks out these tiny jewels one after another.”
Mr. Sandman was an important song from my childhood. The song was written by Pat Ballard and various versions were recorded that same year, 1954, This song had a tremendous impact on me especially the vocal voicing. It wasn’t entirely acapella but mostly. The voicings knocked me out.
I thought it was part of my 45 RPM record collection at my childhood home in Britt, Minnesota. But, that memory of the song was wrong. The Chordette’s version of Mr. Sandman was released in October, 1954, by which time I was in the First Grade at Lakeview Elementary School in Whittier, California. I wasn’t buying many records in my post Britt childhood. But in California in those days, the radio stations played hit records relentlessly.
Thanks to littlesparrow185 for the You Tube
That was Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt singing Mr. Sandman on Dolly Parton’s television show from the 1980’s They are among my favorites, I came across them separately and was really pleased when they recorded trios. Sadly, Linda Ronstadt is no longer able to sing.
Someone to Watch Over Me was composed and written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1926. It was introduced in the musical Oh Kay! It gained a life of its own as a popular music standard. The song has had a very long recording life. The Gershwin Brothers were among America’s greatest songwriting teams. Fats Waller plays organ to accompany Lee Wiley on this song.