Hiatus

I’m sorry to report that I’ll be taking time off from posting on this site until I can come up with a solution to the problems.  I’ve been told that the Macintosh system I have been using with Firefox is no longer acceptable.  But, I can’t upgrade Firefox because Firefox says my operating system is obsolete.  I can’t upgrade my operating system because my computer is obsolete.  Okay, TurboTax told me the same thing last year so I bought a Windows 10 computer.  But, I’ve had all kinds of problems trying to post to this site from that computer because, for example, there is no version of TextEdit for Windows nor is there a comparable product for Windows.  Without  TextEdit, what takes me about a half hour to do takes all day.  Phooey.  Despite what the nerds say, there hasn’t been a good version of  Windows since Windows XP.   As with music, newer is not always better.  Oh, and by the way, I switched to H & R Block this year for my taxes.

So, in the meantime, my older posts will still (hopefully) be available.  I want to thank all of you for subscribing to my website.  I hope I can resolve this soon.  — Richard Rollo

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Spike Jones — Laura

Thanks to the BassetHoundTrio

Spike Jones plays his special version of  Laura. What could be more appropriate for April Fool’s Day, April 1st? Only problem this year is that I missed playing this on April 1st. The reason I missed it this year is that I’ve had more than my share of medical problems and it slipped my mind. But, it’s still April so we can just pretend that we are waiting all month for this. Presented in loving memory of my cousin Walter.
Thanks to BassetHoundTrio for the You Tube. Thanks to Jim Hollowaty  for whom  this record has  a special meaning. Until next April Fools Day, when hopefully we’ll play it on the right date, Here is the one and only Spike Jones.

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Fats Waller, A Soundie of Honeysuckle Rose

 

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Honeysuckle Rose was one of Fat’s most popular composition. This video was what was known as a Soundie. Soundies were early forerunners of the Music Video except that they were filmed. They were played in movie theaters as an extra feature. Fats Waller was perfect for soundies as he knew how to put on a show. The band members of his regular group Rhythm were featured here. }

 

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Art Tatum — You Took Advantage of Me

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube

You Took Advantage Of Me is part of the Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces recorded by Norman Granz for Pablo (in my collection) on Compact Disc two track 7. This is a Rodgers and Hart composition. Tatum’s version comes from a recording session in 1955. Every Tatum record is a harmonic adventure.

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Ella Fitzgerald — Stardust

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Stardust was my mother’s favorite song. Stardust was composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927 and lyric written by Mitchell Parish in 1929. This version is performed by Ella Fitzgerald with piano backing by Ellis Larkins on piano. What I like about this version done in the 1950’s is that Ella and Ellis recreate the atmosphere of the old 78 piano and vocal blues records, without the surface noise. Easy does it.

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Fats on Friday — Numb Fumbling

Thanks to Dominik Feri for the You Tube

Numb Fumbling was one of two piano solos performed at the end of a group session on March 1, 1929. This was about the time that Fats started making more group and vocal recordings and fewer piano solos. I love the solos nonetheless.

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The Big Shut Up Is Available

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My Novella, The Big Shut Upis  available as a Kindle app from Amazon.

By the way, in case  you didn’t know, you don’t need an actual Kindle device to read my books.  Amazon offers  free reading apps for other platforms and devices.  And, I want to thank all of those who have bought my books.   For more information, please check it out here.

7-11-16:  Most of The Big Shut Up came to me in various dreams.  Dreams come from that part of the symphony of the mind that lies beyond our conscious control.   As such, I claim no special powers, but the theme of the breakdown of law and values that came from the depths of my consciousness is now coming to a head almost one year later.

Update 8-23-17 I’m still experiencing some technical problems.  The WordPress update will not install for some reason.  Whether it’s at my end, You Tube, or WordPress, I don’t know yet.    Thank you for your patience.

Update 10-2-17:  I installed new equipment and changed my network.  I installed the latest version of Ubuntu, but as usual in this business, they changed what was working fine and didn’t change what wasn’t working.  The older version was better.  I also got a nasty surprise in that Ad-Blocker was hacked.  It doesn’t work anymore, but it shows its status as still fully installed.  The only “ads” I have on this site were for my books, since those ads didn’t dance around or pop up, Ad Blocker wasn’t an issue.  Where you might encounter ad blocker is at the beginning of the You Tube.  I get no money from that and I have no control over it.  You should be able to press a skip the ad button in the right lower corner.  That’s the best I can do for now.

Update 04-18-2018: As of today, we now have over 7200 subscribers.  Thank you all very much!

 

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Harry Nilsson- Coconut – Children’s Music

Thanks to mulligan for the You Tube

Harry Nilsson wrote Coconut back in 1972. When I heard this song, I thought it was written and performed by Jamaicans, but Harry Nilsson not only wrote the song, but sang and recorded all the voices on a multi-track recorder. This is one of several versions of the original song. He had one with the musicians dressed up as gorillas but I thought that one borrowed too heavily from Ernie Kovaks’s Nairobi Trio. I also thought it might scare younger children.

 

The Muppets as usual have the best version. I think the best thing I can do with Children’s music is to recommend the Muppets and leave it at that. Here’s the Muppets version of Coconut.

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Art Tatum – Where or When

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Where or When was composed and written by Rogers and Hart originally for the musical Babes in Arms. This version was recorded by Art Tatum for Norman Granz in 1953. I have it on the Art Tatum Pablo Solo Masterpieces Vol 3 track 2 on Compact Disc. Listening to the Tatum repertoire, I realize that he was the first one to put together a definitive Great American Song Book.   His Solo Masterpieces reissued on Pablo are the Great American Song Book.

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Martha Tilton — And The Angels Sing

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This performance was a television reunion of Martha Tilton with the Benny Goodman Orchestra and with the trumpet solo by Ziggy Elman. It was a kinescope copy of the broadcast on CBS television network from 1956, It commemorates the famous performance of the song at Carnegie Hall in the late 1930’s. I first saw Martha Tilton and  I remember her  from a short 15 minute musical program before the local news in Los Angeles that she did in the late 1950’s with Curt Massey and Country Washburn.  Later, I heard the Carnegie Hall Concert and heard her famous performance.  Martha Tilton replaced Helen Ward as female singer for Benny Goodman.  Martha Tilton was a great singer.

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