Monthly Archives: December 2017

After Midnight New Years Day Once Again

This is an outtake from the movie Annie Hall, with Diane Keaton singing the Carmen Lombardo song which we heard before  with the Lombardo band.  Taking a page from Louis Armstrong’s book, I played this for several of my friends … Continue reading

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Early New Years Eve — Once Again

New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without Guy Lombardo, but we’ll skip Auld Lang Syne kick it off with  one of his lesser known songs.  Seems Like Old Times was written by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb. Lombardo’s … Continue reading

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Fats Waller and Art Tatum again — Honeysuckle Rose

Thanks again to gullivior for the You Tube Since New Years Eve falls on Sunday evening, I’ll have  Fats Waller and Art Tatum playing the same song, this time Fats’ own composition Honeysuckle Rose.  Fats plays his version in 1941 … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Chuck Cecil

Today, December 26th, is Chuck Cecil’s birthday. He will be 95 years old. His Swingin’  Years program was on the air from 1956 until July of last year, a phenomenal 60 years. He was on commercial radio, Armed Forces Radio, … Continue reading

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Mid Twentieth Century Romantic Christmas Songs

For the Swing Era Generation, the main theme of the adult Christmas songs of that era was wistful nostalgia. Thanks to Walter Tan for the You Tube The story goes that The Christmas Song was written on a hot July … Continue reading

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Christmas is for small children

Christmas as a special time for small children.  Many small children need Christmas, especially those who suffer in an often unkind world. It also comes at a dark and cold time of the year. Children who need Christmas the most … Continue reading

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Going Nuts At Christmas

Sometimes, Christmas music gets on people’s nerves. I remember going shopping many years ago at a department store with my father at Christmastime. We were riding down the escalator. He turned to me and said, “If I hear that damned … Continue reading

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Fats Waller and Art Tatum play versions of Georgia On My Mind (1941)

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, I needed to free up Sunday for other things. I decided to play this comparison of Fats Waller and Art Tatum on Friday. I’ve played this … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Gone With The Wind (Two Versions 1937 and 1955)

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube This song, Gone With The Wind, was composed by Allie Wrubel and lyrics by Herb Magidson, published in 1937. Horace Heidt’s Orchestra had the first recording and had a number one hit. This … Continue reading

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Max Keenlyside — Harlem Stride Bass Piano Medley

Thanks to Max Keenlyside for the You Tube Like Columbus, I always seem to find something great when I was looking for something else. For me, so it has been with young players of vintage music such as Bria Skonberg, … Continue reading

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