Art Tatum — Blue Moon

Thanks to bluesinorbit

This solo performance of Blue Moon by Art Tatum was recorded in 1955 and is on Disc 5 cut 2 on  Art Tatum’s The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces, Compact Edition.

Blue Moon was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in  1934.  The song got off to a bumpy start having been rejected from two movies, mostly because of weak lyrics.  Finally, it was used in the movie Manhattan Melodrama with a new lyric…and, as they used to say in those days,  the rest was history.  The first big record hit was sung by Connee Boswell on Brunswick Records.  From then, it was a hit song numerous times in the following decades with a Who’s Who of artists.

Tatum works his intricate magic without losing the warmth of the tune.

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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