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 one before, some time ago. Critics both amateur and professional have made plenty of comparisons between the two, some of them invidious. I’ll say it this way: Art Tatum could do things on the piano that nobody else could do, perhaps even in their dreams. Fats comes closer to Tatum on the piano than almost anyone else and he could also sing, crack jokes, lead the band, and write the songs. So, I’ll call it a draw and I think they’re both the greatest. The Tatum recording is noisier than the Waller because it was a home acetate recording.

Here they both play their versions of Georgia on My Mind, both versions recorded in 1941. Fats starts from the top and Art starts at 3:02 minutes.  Georgia on My Mind was written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930.  Enjoy.

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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