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.

Fats on Friday — Numb Fumbling

Thanks to Dominik Feri for the You Tube Numb Fumbling was one of two piano solos performed at the end of a group session on March 1, 1929. This was about the time that Fats started making more group and … Continue reading

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Harry Nilsson- Coconut – Children’s Music

Thanks to mulligan for the You Tube Harry Nilsson wrote Coconut back in 1972. When I heard this song, I thought it was written and performed by Jamaicans, but Harry Nilsson not only wrote the song, but sang and recorded … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – Where or When

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube Where or When was composed and written by Rogers and Hart originally for the musical Babes in Arms. This version was recorded by Art Tatum for Norman Granz in 1953. I have it … Continue reading

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Martha Tilton — And The Angels Sing

Thanks to Liltin’ Miss Tilton Fan for the You Tube This performance was a television reunion of Martha Tilton with the Benny Goodman Orchestra and with the trumpet solo by Ziggy Elman. It was a kinescope copy of the broadcast … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — Waiting At The End of the Road

Thanks to The Unforgettables TV Waiting At The End Of The Road was written and composed by Irving Berlin in 1929. Fats Waller performed this version on August 24, 1929. I believe this is the first Fats Waller piano solo … Continue reading

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Rudy Vallee — A one of a kind Record: The Drunkard Song 1934 (Laughing version)

Thanks to warholsoup100 Sometimes a lyric is too stupid to sing. I’m surprised Rudy Vallee made it as far into the song as he did before he started laughing. But, this record for the record company was a happy accident, … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Isn’t This A Lovely Day

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ for the You Tube Isn’t this a Lovely Day Written and Composed by Irving Berlin. Art Tatum recorded this in the Pablo Solo Masterpieces available on Compact Disc 3 track 11. The most famous version of this … Continue reading

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Billie Holiday – What A Little Moonlight Will Do

Thanks to Henri Erwig for the You Tube Billie Holiday had one of the saddest stories in Jazz. Yet, she also left some great records from her early years. I like the sides she recorded with Teddy Wilson playing piano,  … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — The Reefer Song

Thanks to Mark Cranston for the You Tube This is perhaps an infamous song Fats wrote in 1927, his ode to marijuana. This recording took place in Hollywood, September 23, 1943. It was his final recording session before he got … Continue reading

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Art Tatum Talks! — Someone to Watch Over Me

Thanks again to gullivior for this rare tape This performance was taped November 26 1955 for broadcast on Radio Sweden. The composition was Someone To Watch Over Me, was composed and written by George and Ira Gershwin. As an added … Continue reading

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