Monthly Archives: February 2018

Art Tatum — There’s a Small Hotel

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube There’s a Small Hotel was composed and written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1936. Like other songs they wrote, they wrote this song for one movie and the studio ended up … Continue reading

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Barney Kessel – Here’s That Rainy Day

Thanks to Aaron Geller for the YouTube Here’s That Rainy Day was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke, published in 1953 .Here we have Barney Kessel’s performance with his group, recording date unknown. Barney Kessel was … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — West Wind

Thanks to scottbraz for the You Tube   West Wind was recorded February 1, 1936. The song was written by Ager, Newman and Mencher. In a rare incidence, the video  includes the Waller Rhythm band credits (it’s his usual group … Continue reading

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The Big Shut Up Is Available

My Novella, The Big Shut Up, is  available as a Kindle app from Amazon. By the way, in case  you didn’t know, you don’t need an actual Kindle device to read my books.  Amazon offers  free reading apps for other platforms and … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – You’re Drivin’ Me Crazy

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube According to gullivior, this was likely a home recording in 1948. The song was composed and lyrics written by Walter Donaldson in 1930 Upon release it became a big hit. It eventually became … Continue reading

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Annette Hanshaw — Say It Isn’t So

Thanks to Aad Juijm for the You Tube I might have played this one before, but it’s been awhile since I’ve played Annette Hanshaw. Say it Isn’t So was composed by Irving Berlin in 1932. Annette Hanshaw’s version was recorded … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — I Used To Love You…

Thanks to Orchard Enterprises for the You Tube I used to Love You (But It’s All Over Now) is from a 1938 Radio Broadcast. The song was originally composed in 1920 by Albert Von Tizer with lyrics by Lew Brown. … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — If You Hadn’t Gone Away

Thanks again to gullivior for the You Tube If You hadn’t Gone Away was written by Brown, Rose, and Henderson. This Art Tatum performance is on Disc One Cut 4 of Art Tatum: The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces Compact Disc … Continue reading

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Mr. Sandman — Chordettes

Thank you to Riuldoarmneli for the You Tube Mr. Sandman was an important song from my childhood. The song was written by Pat Ballard and various versions were recorded that same year, 1954, This song had a tremendous impact on … Continue reading

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Fats Waller and Lee Wiley — Someone To Watch Over Me

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ for the You Tube Someone to Watch Over Me was composed and written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1926. It was introduced in the musical Oh Kay! It gained a life of its own as a … Continue reading

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