Art Tatum — Too Marvelous For Words

The music was written by Richard Whiting; lyric by Johnny Mercer.  Too Marvelous for Words was first written for the 1937 film Ready, Willing, and Able, starring Ruby Keeler.  It was used again, and became much more famous, in the Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall movie Dark Passage  ( 1947).  Dark Passage was a film noir with a weird and convoluted story.  It also had an  unusual first person point of view in the early camera shots.  But, it had great atmosphere with footage of San Francisco in the late 1940’s, along with Bogart and Bacall, and of course this music.  Art Tatum’s version of   Too Marvelous for Words was originally released on Vol. 1 Pablo Solo Masterpieces.

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About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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