Art Tatum — Can’t We Be Friends

Thanks to Yuki Nakamura for the You Tube

Can’t We Be Friends was written by Kay Swift and Paul James in 1929. It was introduced on Broadway in The Little Show by Libby Holman. The first record was made that same year by Red Nichols and his Five Pennies. It was later recorded by Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Linda Ronstadt among others.

This version was recorded by Art Tatum December 28, 1953, in Hollywood. California. My copy is from Art Tatum The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces Compact Disc Edition. Disc One Cut 1.

Tatum’s mastery of the piano fools the listener into thinking this is all easy peasy. Art Tatum never ceases to amaze me.


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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