Fats on Friday — I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter

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I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter was composed by Fred E. Ahlert with Lyrics by Joe Young. It was originally written for the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin.’  Fats Waller recorded it in June 1935 with Herman Autrey, trumpet; Rudy Powell, reeds; Al Casey, guitar; Charles Turner, bass, Harry Dial, drums; and Fats on piano and vocal.

Fats’s piano solo on this tune is a subtle masterpiece; one of his best.  He did it without any showboating. His vocal was so good that a who’s who of vocalists in various categories of music—pop, rock, R&B,—covered it For more on that see here.The song was recorded at a very high point in Fats’s career. It’s a great record; I’ve played it before and after awhile I’ll play it again.

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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