Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween — Another Asteroid Near Miss Updated

Update: We made it,  asteroid TB145 did not crash into Earth, but then those tracking it said there was no chance of that.  NASA-JPL now suggests that this asteroid is a dead comet, meaning the fire has burned out.  The … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Two Sleepy People PLUS Art Tatum — Sweet Lorraine

This song was written by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Frank Loesser.  It was first featured in the movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 and sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Jones.  It has been recorded by everyone from Fats Waller … Continue reading

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This blog crossed the 700 mark this week in subscribers.  Thanks very much.

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Art Tatum — I Know That You Know

This is another of my favorite standard songs by Art Tatum, I Know That what You Know,  written by Vincent Youmans and Anne Caldwell.  The You Tube poster got the title wrong.  I have this on the lp from which the the … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Fats Waller — Valentine Stomp

  This is also a piano solo, like Muscle Shoals Blues, only this 78 rpm record was recorded 7 years later in 1929.  It made all the difference in the world.  This was recorded with electrostatic microphones.  Meanwhile, Fats had … Continue reading

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99 per cent chance of a 5.0 earthquake soon in the L.A. area according to JPL. USGS disagrees on the specifics.

Earlier today, Wednesday, this prediction by Jet Propulsion Laboratory was reported by L.A. area television station KCBS.  Dr. Andrea Donnellan, a geophysicist at JPL predicted a 99 per cent chance of a 5.0 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in La … Continue reading

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Art Tatum Aunt Hagar’s Blues

This is a composition by the legendary W.C. Handy “The Father of the Blues” The song was published in 1920, around the same time as Fats Waller’s Muscle Shoals Blues 78 rpm recording.  The Wikipedia article at the link on … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Muscle Shoals Blues

This Fats Waller Piano Solo is from 1922!  His composition, The Muscle Shoals Blues, and his first 78 RPM record from  93 years ago.  He was only 18 years old.  There is a huge difference in the sound quality of 78 … Continue reading

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Two from Billie Holiday

These are two of my favorites by Billie Holiday.  The first is This Year’s Kisses  recorded in New York City, January 25, 1937.  In addition to Billie Holiday on vocals, the personnel included Lester Young – Tenor Sax, Buck Clayton – Trumpet, Benny Goodman … Continue reading

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Art Tatum: Two versions of The Jitterbug Waltz

This first version is from the second disc of the album Art Tatum 20th Century Piano Genius, released on Verve Records,  in 1955.  It must have been a live club recording because there is talking in the first few minutes … Continue reading

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