Fats on Friday — Squeeze Me

Thanks Dominik Feri

Squeeze Me was recorded by Fats Waller in September, 1939. The personnel included John Hamilton, trumpet; John Smith; guitar; Cedric Wallace, bass; Slick Jones, drums; Gene Sedric, clarinet and tenor sax; and Fats on piano and vocal. Fats Waller composed the music way back in 1925. Clarence Williams, the publisher took credit for the lyric, but Andy Razaf claimed that he wrote the lyric. I’m inclined to belief Razaf, wrote the lyric for Squeeze Me as he was a most talented lyricist on many of Waller’s other tunes. Williams had a bad reputation among musicians. Andy Razaf had a fascinating life story. Fats recorded it 14 years after he wrote it, after many others had hit records of it. It’s hard to exaggerate how talented Fats Waller was in so many areas.

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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