The Big Shut Up Is Available


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.  Further Update:  My home network and telephone service crashed on Sunday Afternoon.  It turned out to be the backup battery, but I was unable to get a replacement battery until this afternoon.  Thank you for your patience.

Update 10-9-17: As of today, we now have over 6300 subscribers.  Thank you all very much!

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.  In any event, I’ll be back with more Fats on Friday, Art on Saturday, and perhaps a surprise on Sunday.  Take care.


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Glen Campbell – Phoenix – Live Performance TNN

Thanks to Boars Nest for the You Tube


I previously played the recorded version of By The Time I get to Phoenix by Glen Campbell here. That was from a television show where they played the record and Glen Campbell “lip-synced” the vocal on the record. That was before I found these Ralph Emery TNN videos. In this video he plays and sings and plays the song live. He sings with much more feeling and shows us that he was a genuine guitar virtuoso. One of the best in the business.

Now, some of my friends are asking, “what’s with all this Glen Campbell talk these days?” They know my primary interest is in music from an earlier era. Fair enough. I liked his songs but never really gave much thought to Glen Campbell way back then in the 1960’s. He was part of the passing parade to me in the 1960’s, all over the place today, gone tomorrow. I don’t usually comment on rock music because I have family members who are much better qualified to write about that. than me.

What changed was when I heard more expanded guitar solos than he performed on his records. I was astounded by how good he was. That is what we hear in this version of “Phoenix” rather than the version he used for his record.

Glen Campbell’s career in some ways is an example of the “Roundabout” path to success, as explained in a book I’m reading titled “The Dao of Capital” When Glen Campbell recorded “Phoenix” he had, from the age of 14, worked his way up in the music business. Musicians call it “paying dues” but it was much more like “learning the business” for Campbell. He was learning everything he could about the music business.. By the time he left Albuquerque for Los Angeles, he had taught himself by ear much of the jazz guitar of Django Reinhardt and Barney Kessel. But, instead of doing that in L.A., he filled in as a substute at rock and roll dances and toured with The Champs (Tequila) and The Beach Boys (Surfin” USA). He also got jobs as a studio musician playing back up for a wide range of artists from Frank Sinatra (Strangers in the Night) to Tina Turner (Higher and Higher.) He was also in demand for movie sound tracks. Quincy Jones used him on the soundtrack for the movie In Cold Blood.

One of my previous postings, Crying, had the You Tube posting pulled. I regret that but there is nothing I can do, and it really is a matter between the You Tube poster and the copyright holder. I’m like a radio DJ here and nobody ever accused radio DJ’s of violating copyrights.

Update 10-17-17

As it turns out, I found another post of Crying, here. to replace the You Tube of it I posted on September 11, 2017.  You will find it on the Sept  11th post.   It has some added commentary so you might want to check it out.  Hopefully, everything is cool legally with this post.  As I said, I would be happy to purchase the DVD’s of these Ralph Emery programs that I’ve posted   Thanks.




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Duke + Bing = Three Little Words

Thanks to Atticus Jazz for the You Tube and his great collection of period pictures

Three Little Words was written by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar in 1930. This is the original recording of the song issued as a Victor record and used in an Amos and Andy comedy written by the same men. The recording was made in Hollywood, August 26, 1930.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra for this song was the long term 1930’s organization:
Duke Ellington, p, a, dir:Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins, t / Cootie Williams, t / Joe Nanton, tb / Juan Tizol / Johnny Hodges, cl, ss, as / Harry Carney, cl, as, bar / Barney Bigard, cl, ts / Fred Guy, bj / Wellman Braud, sb / and Sonny Greer, d.

The vocal was sung by The Rhythm Boys trio consisting of Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, and Harry Barris. Yes, that is thee Bing Crosby, who in the picture has a slight mustache. The Rhythm Boys were originally associated with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.  Soon after this record was made, the Rhythm Boys broke up.  Bing Crosby went on and  had the longest and most successful career of any singer in the 20th Century

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Art Tatum –September Song

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube.

Art Tatum recorded September Song in 1953. I have it on Disc One cut 10 on the complete Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces on Pablo. September Song was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for the actor Walter Huston to sing in the musical Knickerbocker Holiday in 1938.  It becomes September Sonata in Art Tatum’s capable hands.

This was among my mother’s favorite songs, but she liked Nat King Cole’s vocal version the best.


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Fats on Friday and on the Organ — Sugar

Thanks to preservationhall01 for the You Tube and the history of the Estey Organ

Fats Waller recorded Sugar at the RCA Camden Studios on February 16, 1927. The building had once been the Trinity First Baptist Church and the organ had been to perform sacred music during church services. Sugar was composed in 1926 by Maceo Pinkard, lyrics by Edna Alexcander and Sidney Mitchell. For the songs he wrote, Maceo Pinkard should be much better known. His most famous composition was Sweet Georgia Brown, which was famous as the theme song for the Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Team.

For more on the Estey Pipe Organ see here and here.

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A Note to WordPress:

Yes, I understand the problem with Firefox.  My Firefox version cannot be upgraded on my current computer.  Once my new computer is debugged and running, hopefully by next week, I’ll be done with this setup.  Thanks for the notification.

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Duke Ellington — Diga Diga Doo

Thanks to Atticus Jazz for the Youtube, the great sound, and the vintage photos

Diga Diga Doo is from the musical Blackbirds of 1928. Tune by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. This recording features the long term Ellington orchestra players and the early group as well:

Duke Ellington, piano, arranger, director;. Bubber Miley, Arthur Whetsel, trumpet ; Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton trombone; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, r Barney Bigard all reeds; Fred Guy, banjo; Wellman Braud, bass; Sonny Greer, drums; and Irving Mills, vocal New York, July 10, 1928. Throughout the hot jazz and the swing eras, Duke Ellington was always a couple years ahead of the rest.

Until I heard this record, I knew Irving Mills was important for Duke Ellington, but I didn’t know he could sing.  Some of the photos in this You Tube are from the original and historic Cotton Club Review in Harlem.

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Art Tatum — Memories of You

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube

Memories of You was written by Eubie Blake, with the lyric by Andy Razaf. The song was introduced for the musical Blackbirds of 1930. According to Wikipedia, another 1930 version was recorded by Louis Armstrong, with Lionel Hamption on vibes.  It was the first recording to use a vibraphone.

Art Tatum recorded this version in 1953 for Norman Granz and the Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces on Pablo Records. I have the CD version on which Tatum’s version of Memories of You is on Disc One Cut four. Art Tatum: the man who could make ten fingers sound like twenty and with style and grace.

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Fats on Friday — Waiting at the End of the Road

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ for the You Tube

Fats Waller recorded two versions of Waiting at the End of the Road at the end of August, 1929, first on solo organ and later on solo piano. The words and music were written by the great Irving Berlin. I choose the solo piano version. It was at the peak of his piano solos  and a serious one at that.

My first choice would have been What Did I Do To Be So Black and Blue, which Fats composed that same year but never recorded, as I just discovered. I thought it would be more appropriate this Friday at the end of this dreadful week. This is not a happy week for me either, as every year it is the anniversary of the death of my mother and two of her brothers.

From Interstate 15, you can see the Mandalay Bay as you drive northeast through Las Vegas. Of course this sickening act of violence is becoming all too common nowadays and the focus of my contempt is on the man who did this. But, I was also heartened by bravery and sacrifice of ordinary people confronted with what I’m sure was the last thing they expected to happen. Best wishes for recovery for the wounded and the survivors. R.I.P for the victims.

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McKinney’s Cotton Pickers — Stardust — with Lonnie Johnson.

Thanks to Atticus Jazz for the YouTube including the great period pictures

When Don Brown did his Cobweb Corner program.  When he played a really old record, he would say that the record came from behind the shelves where the spiders danced.  Well, this one is only old in comparison to the recent records I’ve played.

Stardust was written by Hoagy Carmichael. This performance on October 13, 1928 was by McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, here playing as the Chocolate Dandies, probably because of rights and contracts.

The Personnel included Don Redman, cl, as, v, dir: Langston Curl, John Nesbitt, t / Claude Jones, tb / Milton Senior, cl, as / George Thomas, cl, ts, v / Prince Robinson, cl, ts / Todd Rhodes, p / Dave Wilborn, bj, v / Lonnie Johnson, g /Ralph Escudero, bb / Cuba Austin, d. New York, October 13, 1928.

This was a great band organized by Don Redman. Todd Rhodes played a fine piano solo on this record. He had a long career playing piano in 1920’s jazz and later in 1950’s R&B music. What is special about this record was the great 12 string blues guitarist Lonnie Johnson. Once you hear him, you never forget him. With Ralph Escudero playing tuba behind Lonnie Johnson and his 12 string guitar, they achieved a great jug band effect behind the guitar solo. Great early Jazz with long time blues player Lonnie Johnson

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