Monthly Archives: September 2016

Fats on Friday — Numb Fumbling

You Tube Thanks to edmundusrex Fats Waller recorded Numb Fumbling March 1, 1929 when he was primarily recording solo piano. This is stride piano in the 1920’s when it was still fresh. Notice a couple of bars of walking bass … Continue reading

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Vin Scully’s Last L.A. Dodgers home game telecast. Updated with a Picture.

Thanks to Jilcobames for the You Tube The video above is the famous Kirk Gibson at bat in the 1988 World Series with the Oakland A’s. It was memorable call for Vin Scully. Yesterday’s game was the last home game … Continue reading

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Arnold Palmer (1929-2016) R.I.P.

picture courtesy Getty Images Arnold Palmer died yesterday. The picture above is how I would like to remember him. He was more than a professional golfer, although he was one of the top pros in the 1960’s. He was the … Continue reading

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James P. Johnson — Charleston — Father of the Stride Piano

Thanks to oldtimecharlie for the You Tube In almost every movie or documentary about the 1920’s, you will hear this music, and see the dance, as demonstrated in a still of Josephine Baker. The Charleston was the dance craze that … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Can’t We Be Friends

Thanks to Yuki Nakamura for the You Tube Can’t We Be Friends was written music by Kay Swift and lyrics by Paul James in 1929. It has been recorded by everyone from Red Nichols to Linda Ronstadt. It was introduced … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Love Me Or Leave Me

Thanks to James McEwan for the You Tube This 1929 solo piano recording by Fats Waller of Love Me or Leave Me is a reminder that at the core of Fats Waller’s talent was an extraordinary mastery of the Stride … Continue reading

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Route 66 — Cultural History

The blue line in the map stretching Southwest from Chicago to Oklahoma City and then West to Los Angeles is Route 66. (Map Courtesy USGS) Route 66 is a big part of mid 20th Century cultural history.   This song, for … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Ambercrombie had a Zombie

Thanks to geofbrit59 for the You Tube Fats and Rhythm recorded this on November 6, 1940.  The music was by Vee Lawnhurst and lyric by Mort Greene.  It was a novelty song  with themes from the 1939 Worlds’s Fair.  The … Continue reading

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September and World War II—Glenn Miller and Poinciana

Thanks to swerpol for the You Tube. That video consisted of a World War II public service announcement encouraging women to join the Women’s Army Corps (WAC.)  It played in movie theaters at the time.  That was followed by a … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — I’m in the Mood For Love

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube and the Edward Hopper painting I’m In The Mood For Love is a song with legs, a heart, and cast iron stomach. The song was written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. It … Continue reading

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