Monthly Archives: March 2017

Fats on Friday — Twenty Four Robbers

Thanks to  cdbpdx for the You Tube The poster, cdbpdx,  said most of tunes he posts you don’t hear very much. Well, I have a large collection of Fats Waller records and I’ve never heard this one before, so…he’s right! … Continue reading

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Fletcher and the Duke — Ahead of their time.

Thanks to Barca Nica for the You Tube Fletcher Henderson’s Variety Stomp. Variety Stomp has a similar structure and rhythm pattern to some early Duke Ellington songs. It was written by Jo Trent, Charlie Green, and Fats Waller. Recorded May … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Louise

Thanks to Universal Music for the You Tube. Louise was a Leo Robin and Richard Whiting song most famously associated with the French actor Maurice Chevalier. It was a hit record for Chevalier for 10 weeks in 1929. In Art … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — I Understand

Thanks for the You Tube to Hans Pfaall I Understand was recorded on May 13, 1941. Fats was in a thoughtful mood that day. Joined on this song with Fats, piano and vocal; were John Hamilton, trumpet; John Smith, guitar; … Continue reading

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My Mom’s Birthday — March 22, 1908

Thanks to catman916 for the You Tube That was Somewhere Along The Way by Nat King Cole. The song was written by “Kurt Adams” (Jimmy Van Husen) and lyric by Sammy Gallop in 1952. It was probably a Nelson Riddle … Continue reading

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Eubie plays Eubie Blake

Thanks to hoffmanjazz for the You Tube This is Eubie Blake, playing a concert in Berlin, Germany in 1972, It was around the same year I saw him live in El Segundo, California at the Old Town Music Hall. For … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – A Gershwin Medley featuring The Man I Love

Thanks again to gullivior for the You Tube and the Painting This is a George Gershwin medley beginning and ending with The Man I Love. In between are bits of Summertime, I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’, and It Ain’t Necessarily … Continue reading

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St Patrick’s Day — Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby was among the most popular early to mid century Americans of Irish descent, although he, like James Cagney, was only half Irish. He is partly forgotten now, but I can’t think of anyone who was more popular for … Continue reading

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He’ll Have to Go — From Country Western to Popular Music

Thanks to mrtibbs6912 for the You Tube He’ll Have to Go was written by Joe Marion Allison and Audrey Allison. Joe Marion Allison was radio disc jockey and a TV show host, in addition to writing songs. His big break … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Somebody Loves Me

Thanks again to gullivior for the You Tube and the painting Somebody Loves Me is a great song. Music was written by George Gershwin, words by Ballard MacDonald and Buddy DeSylva and published in 1924. It was first featured in … Continue reading

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