Fats Waller — Medley: Poor Butterfly and the St. Louis Blues

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This medley was recorded for radio broadcast and later released on records  including  these early 45 rpm extended play records. The recording date was August 2, 1939. Music recorded on 45 RPM records began shipping in 1949.

Poor Butterfly was written by Raymond Hubbell and John Golden. The St. Louis Blues was written by W.C. Handy. In Poor Butterfly, Fats makes the piano sound at times like it is gently swaying in a breeze. In The St. Louis Blues, Fats creates new riffs from the song on some bars  and borrows a few riffs from George Gershwin along the way.

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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