Author Archives: Richard Rollo

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.

Bud Freeman — You’re My Everything

Thanks to okmusik of the You Tube This marvelous tune was You’re My Everything (1931) written by Harry Warren Music and Mort Dixon Lyric. The performance is from a recording issued on LP originally in 1955 titled “Midnight at Eddie … Continue reading

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Art Tatum Quartet — Deep Night

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube Deep Night was written in 1929 music by Charles E. Henderson, lyrics by Rudy Vallee although this is an instrumental version, as were most of Tatum’s work late in his life. It was … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday– Zonky

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube According to gullivior, this Fats Waller recording of Zonky was from a radio broadcast, in 1935. One of his posters disagreed with him.  The poster claimed  that this was a series of recordings … Continue reading

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Annette Hanshaw– Wasting My Love On You

Thanks to tmmvids for the YouTube Here’s a extra little gem I found by accident.  In looking for a vocal version of Body and Soul, and finding Annette Hanshaw’s version, I also found this  gem by Annette Hanshaw: Wasting My … Continue reading

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Coleman Hawkins Body and Soul

Thanks to masqualero for the You Tube Body and Soul was a popular song written in 1930 lyric by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Evans, and music by Johnny Green. Early performances with the lyrics were recorded by singers Gertrude … Continue reading

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Art Tatum Body and Soul — plus Annette Hanshaw’s vocal version.

Thanks to Okmusix for the You Tube and images. Art Tatum’s version of Body and Soul was released on Disc 1 Cut 7 The Art Tatum Complete Solo Masterpieces on Pablo CD’s. It was recorded December 28, 1953. Every Tatum … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday with Ted Lewis — Royal Garden Blues

Thanks to bsgs98 for the You Tube with great photos This was actually a record from a session on March 5, 1931 where Fats Waller sat in with the Ted Lewis Band. Fats was coming to be known not only … Continue reading

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Gordon Jenkins — Goodbye–And remembering Chuck Cecil

It has now been a year since Chuck Cecil retired from radio after being on the air for 70 years. I miss him because he always found something new (to me) in this old music. He kept the Swingin’ Years … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — You’re Mine, You

Thanks to Gullivior for the You Tube and painting. You’re Mine You, was written by Johnny Green and Eddie Heyman. This is a tune with the kind of lazy tempo that gives plenty of room for Tatum to embellish the … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — My Fate Is In Your Hands (vocal by Gene Austin)

Thanks to Orchard for the You Tube My Fate Is In Your Hands is an interesting record made by Fats Waller with Gene Austin on the vocal. It was recorded November 25, 1929. Apparently, the orchestra was a Victor studio … Continue reading

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