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 and Art’s version was recorded in 1951 after Fats died. Once again it’s Fats from the top and Art starting at 3:24. Fats’s recording is from a Victor record, Art’s was live probably in a cocktail lounge with a tinny piano. Honeysuckle Rose was composed by Fats in 1929, with a lyric by Andy Razaf. Art’s performance  is marred by the  tinny piano. But, bad pianos were a way of life on the cocktail circuit in those days.

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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