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.