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.

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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Johnny Hodges — Passion Flower

Thanks to Tim Gracyk Johnny Hodges plays alto saxophone on this recording of Passion Flower and does so like no other player. He was a long time member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Duke said of Johnny Hodges that he … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Just One Of Those Things

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube Just One Of Those Things was released on Vol 4 Cut 9 on the Art Tatum Group Masterpieces Compact Disc Edition. Norman Granz recorded this session in 1956. This set featured Red Callender … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Two Sleepy People

Thanks to cdbpdx Two Sleepy People was written by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael for the 1938 movie Thanks for the Memory with Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. Since it came from a Bob Hope comedy, it was a perfect … Continue reading

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Update Re: “Your Socks Don’t Match;” Also the Hurricanes

I remembered on Saturday that  among the many high school and college general ed. courses I took were Biology and Psychology, I remember that Genetics and Chromosomes were part of both classes. Among the genetic differences between men and women…men … Continue reading

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Glen Campbell — Crying

Thanks to NotGeneWatsonSongs for the YouTube Crying was a huge hit for its composer, Roy Orbison. Roy Orbison defied all the record bin categories.  He was a cross over talent with hits that were hits  on Pop, Rock and Roll, … Continue reading

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Louis Armstrong — Weather Bird July 12, 1928

Thanks to Heinz Becker for the You Tube The tune is called Weather Bird composed by Louis Armstrong. The recording is his  duet with Earl Hines.  Earl Hines had been his pianist on his Hot Fives and Hot Sevens records … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — When Your Lover Has Gone

Thanks again to gullivior for the Youtube When Your Lover Has Gone was recorded in Hollywood on January 19, 1955. It is part of Norman Granz’s Art Tatum Complete Solo Masterpieces on Pablo Compact disc, Disc 6, Cut 18.  Art … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Your Socks Don’t Match

Thanks to reubenroo for the Youtube The song Your Socks Don’t Match was written by Carr and Cordray. The recording session was held in New York City, on December 28, 1941 with Herman Autrey, trumpet; Al Casey, guitar; Charles Turner, … Continue reading

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Glen Campbell — Gentle On My Mind

Thanks to jimmy cee In the last Glen Campbell clip, By The Time I Get To Phoenix,  I claimed  he was an accomplished guitar player, but the posted video  didn’t really show that.  So,  I thought I would post this … Continue reading

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