Fats on Friday — I Wish I Were Twins

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ for the YouTube

I Wish I Were Twins was written music by Joseph Meyer lyric by Eddie De Lange in 1934. Fats recorded it soon afterwards. Personnel on the record included Herman Autrey, Trumpet; Ben Whittet, clarinet and alto sax; Al Casey, guitar; Bill Taylor, bass; Harry Dial, drums; and Fats, vocal and piano.

Fats changes the order of play on this record. The song is kicked off by Al Casey, Herman Autrey on trumpet takes a great first solo, then comes Ben Whittet on clarinet, then Fats does the vocal, and then the piano solo. The success of this record is measured by the people who followed it with their versions. This was a great record and it was also the kick off of a great year for Fats Waller. Fats could sing, he could play piano, he could compose songs, he was a great comedian, and he did this all at the same time.  What more could you ask for?

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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