Monthly Archives: July 2016

Songs the Swingin’ Years brought to me: Ella Fitzgerald — Stardust

Hoagy Charmichael and Mitchell Parish wrote Stardust, one of the all time popular standards of American Music. Ella Fitzgerald sings the lyric. Piano – Ellis Larkin. I first heard this really great version of this old classic song not long … Continue reading

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Tatum, Hampton, and Rich Again — What is This thing Called Love

I remember well my first reaction to this song, What Is This Thing Called Love,  and the previous selection from this set, I’ll Never Be The Same. I was stunned. I was speechless.  I could barely believe my own ears. … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Black Raspberry Jam

This Fats Waller record is listed by his son Maurice under a set titled Swingopation, recorded in April 8,1936 with Herman Autrey, trumpet; Gene Sedric, reeds; Al Casey, guitar; Charles Turner, bass; Yank Porter, drums; and Fats, piano and vocal. … Continue reading

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Martha Tilton and the Catrobat

I first heard and saw Martha Tilton on a short fifteen minute television show called the Curt Massey Show. She and Curt Massey took turns singing songs accompanied by Joe “Country” Washburn’s small band. Country Washburn had once been part … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — That Old Feeling

That Old Feeling was written in 1937 by Sammy Fain and Lew Brown. First recorded by Shep Fields who had a big hit with it, and then it was recorded by a who’s who of that era and later. Art … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — A Porter’s Love Song To A Chambermaid

A Porter’s Love Song to A Chambermaid was composed by Fats Waller’s mentor James P. Johnson and Fats’s partner Andy Razaf. This version was recorded May 16, 1934 and issued on Victor Records. Rhythm included Herman Autrey, trumpet, Ben Whitted, … Continue reading

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Chuck Cecil and the Swingin’ Years have retired

                          As I noted last week, WPPB announced the retirement of Chuck Cecil and the end of his Swingin’ Years program.  If he changes his mind, that would … Continue reading

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Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, and Buddy Rich– I’ll Never Be the Same

We played this Malneck, Signorelli, and Kahn song once before as a solo piano version. This version was on Disc 2 of the Complete Art Tatum Group .Masterpieces on Pablo Records. The session included Buddy Rich on drums and Lionel … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Blue Turning Gray Over You

This song, Blue Turning Gray Over You, is about as close as we get to Fats Waller playing a blues. He and Andy Razaf composed the song and this recording session is from June 9, 1937 with most of his … Continue reading

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Chuck Cecil and his Swingin’ Years Retire at 94

                          I  received the following news in an email from WPPB on Friday morning 7-1-16: —————————————————————————————————– WPPB PROGRAM SCHEDULE UPDATES EFFECTIVE 7/10/16 CHUCK CECIL SWINGIN’ YEARS RETIRES  WPPB … Continue reading

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