Art Tatum — Cherokee

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube

Cherokee was written by the great Ray Noble, British born band leader and song composer and writer. Ray Noble wrote Cherokee and several other songs in a suite of songs in tribute to various North American Indian tribes. For better or worse, Cherokee was the knock out hit and the others have largely been forgotten.

Art Tatum’s version of Cherokee was recorded in 1954 and is available on the Art Tatum Complete Solo Masterpieces Disc Five track 11.

I first heard this song riding in the backseat of my parents car and I immediately loved it. Art Tatum and Ray Noble…both men in a league of their own.

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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