Monthly Archives: August 2018

Fats on Friday — Everybody Loves My Baby

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ This recording is from November 6, 1940 with John Hamilton, trumpet;  Charles Turner, bass; Slick Jones, drums, Al Casey, guitar; Gene Sedric, reeds; and Fats on piano and vocal.   The song was written by Spencer Williams (music) … Continue reading

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Aretha Franklin, R.I.P.

Aretha Franklin, by far, was the most talented singer of the 1960’s  era and beyond.  Her talent and her music transcended all the categories.  She will not be forgotten.  R.I.P.

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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 & Co. — Street of Dreams

Thanks to OkMusix for the You Tube One of the bittersweet tunes popular in the 1940’s and 50’s, although it was first written in 1932 by Sam Lewis and Victor Young..  My favorite vocal version of this song was sung … Continue reading

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James P. Johnson — Master of Harlem Stride Piano and Composer of Hit Songs

Thanks to Okmusix for the You Tube We hear  a solo piano version of one of his big hits of the 1920‘s and beyond, If I Could Be With you One Hour Tonight.  Vocal versions became hit records for Ruth … 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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Hello, I’m back!

Thanks to JazzyclassicJazz2 for the YouTube Yes, I’m  finally back home and back to posting The song above is an instrumental version of Laura.  It was issued on what turned out to be Nat King Cole’s fairwell to performing on … Continue reading

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