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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.
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As with the post from yesterday, this is I Know That You Know, once again written by Vincent Youmans and Anne Caldwell. The recording was an outtake from a radio broadcast with a live audience in 1944. Slam Stewart accompanies Art on bass with his famous harmonic humming. A rare find. That’s all I have. Art Tatum: always amazing.
The song I Know That You Know, was composed by Vincent Youmans, lyric by Anne Caldwell.
There is a woman in one of these pictures who looks just like my mother. But, in 1927, my mother was still in high school. So, I’m pretty sure it isn’t her but…. one never knows. That said, I look like her and I’m often mistaken for other people.
I have no information on the personnel in the Orchestra, but I sure like the way Nat Shilkret takes the song home starting at the 2:00 minute mark.
The song Something Tells Me was written by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren. This performance by Fats Waller and Rhythm was recorded March 11, 1938, almost 80 years ago. The personnel included Herman Autrey, trumpet; Gene Sedric, reeds; Al Casey, guitar; Cedric Wallace, bass; Slick Jones, drums; and Fats on piano, celeste, and vocal. The horns were cookin’ on this track.
The poster got this track from the reissue LP African Ripples which was produced by Mike Lipskin in 1969. I bought this reissue for the U.S. market from Don Brown and the Jazz Man Record Shop, the poster has the reissue for the Italian market. This series was my introduction to Fats Waller.
Since I played Art Tatum’s version of this tune yesterday, I decided I wanted to play a vocal version of There Will Never Be Another You. I think this version by Julie London captures a very sultry spirit of the song, from her LP Good Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast reccorded in 1967 . The poster doesn’t list the guitarist, but my guess is Howard Roberts, who made more than a few recordings with Julie London…and it sounds like Howard Roberts to me. Howard Roberts was usually anonymous but wonderful. I have no info or guess on the drummer.
Funny, I remembered this song but because of the title Rain, it was hard to find it in an internet search because so many songs have the word Rain in the title. There’s “Here’s that Rainy Day” “Come Rain or Come Shine” “I Don”t Mind Walking In the Rain.” Anyway, you get the idea, but I finally found this record by Jimmie Lunceford.
I’ve also been wanting to play a Lunceford record as well as this song, so here we are. Jimmie Lunceford was not quite as famous as other band leaders, but I think he was among the best of the swing era orchestras.. I should also note that when Lunceford was in high school in Denver, Colorado, he studied music under Wilberforce Whiteman…Paul Whiteman’s father.
By the way, the rhythm of this song is a Foxtrot. It’s a lively dance number.
I noticed that the Decca 78 erroneously credits Eugene Rose as the composer of Rain, the correct name of the composer is Peter De Rose. Great song, great orchestra, great vocalists. Speaking of credits, on my copy of the sheet music the lyric is credited to Billy Hill. But, that is not the lyric used by Jimmie Lunceford…I might add that I think the Lunceford lyric is much better.
I just discovered that Helen Borgers passed away last month on November 13. The doctors performed surgery on her heart but she died from complications from it. I have fond memories of her from the late 1980’s when KLON was still KLON, and she was free to be herself. RIP, Helen.
The song You Look Good To Me was recorded October 13, 1938 by Fats And Rhythm. Rhythm on that date consisted of Herman Autrey, trumpet; Al Casey, guitar; Cedric Wallace, bass; Slick Jones, drums; Gene Sedric, reeds; and Fats on piano and vocal. The song was written by Walter Donaldson and Billy Rose.
This is another 3 minute gem on a date when Fats and the guys cranked out another 5 gems. I haven’t mentioned what a great and yet underrated guitarist Al Casey was; His solos were short, sweet, and a great addition to the records Fats Waller made.
I was quite surprised when I came across Glen Campbell’s version of the Mull of Kintyre, where he plays the bagpipes. Bagpipes? That I didn’t know. The song was written by Paul McCartney, (yes, the former Beatle) and Denny Laine. The song when first released by McCartney’s group Wings, did very well in the British Isles but not so well in the U.S. Oh well, I was deep into “Old Music Made New” in those days anyway. Perhaps many of you are more familiar with this song than I am.
Glen Campbell evidently learned the bagpipes to play this song and Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace is the traditional song about a Scots sea captain who asks God’s forgiveness for his involvement in the slave trade. I noticed that Glen Campbell’s bagpipes had the Campbell Scots Tartan on it.
The late Glen Campbell was an amazing talent. As the Scots would say, we’ll neigh see his like again. R.I.P.