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 Waller — Truckin’

Thanks to MusicProf78 for the great sounding Youtube.   Fats Waller Truckin’ was recorded August 2, 1935. The recording session included Herman Autrey, trumpet; Rudy Powell, reeds, James smith, guitar; Charles Turner, bass; Harry Dial, drums; and Fats on piano … Continue reading

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All Saint’s Day

Thanks to Bill Ferencz for the You Tube That was Louis Armstrong with When The Saints Go Marching In. Who else on All Saints Day should play When the Saints Go Marching In? Halloween has become a very big deal … Continue reading

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Spike Jones on Halloween — My Old Flame

Thanks to MusicProf78 for the You Tube In keeping with this special night, I thought I’d pass this song along for Halloween, October 31. It’s our old friend Spike Jones again, our musical mad man,  from 1947 with Paul Frees … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Somebody Loves Me

Thanks to gullivior for the great You Tube with art work This is Art Tatum playing Somebody Loves Me. It is from the Art Tatum Pablo Solo Masterpieces Disc 6 Cut 1 in my edition. Somebody Loves Me was composed … Continue reading

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Miff Mole — Crazy Rhythm

Thanks to Atticus Jazz for this great sounding You Tube and the period pictures Crazy Rhythm was originally written by Irving Seer, Joseph Mayer, and Roger Wolfe Kahn for the musical Here’s Howe, in 1928. Crazy Rhythm became a standard … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — Who’s Honey Are You?

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ for the fine You Tube Fats Waller’s Whose Honey Are You?, was recorded March 6, 1935 with most of his Rhythm regulars: Herman Autrey, trumpet; Rudy Powell, reeds; Al Casey, guitar; Charles Turner, bass; Harry Dial, drums; … Continue reading

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The two sides of Bix Beiderbecke

Thanks to Tim Gracyk for this great sounding YouTube with great period pictures That was Bix Beiderbecke and his “Gang’s”  version of Sorry.  “Gang” in those days had a more benign meaning like a group of “pals.”  Bix was a … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Jitterbug Waltz

Thanks to bluesinorbit Yesterday, I posted Fats Waller’s recording of his early composition Handful of Keys. So I thought it would be a good idea to post Art Tatum’s version of Fat’s Waller’s late composition: the Jitterbug Waltz. Fats Waller … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Handful of Keys

Thanks to Edmund StAustell “Well Alllllllllll Right,” as Fats would say. This was his composition, Handful of Keys, a perfect example of Harlem Stride Piano. This version of Handful of Keys was recorded March 1, 1929, obviously a solo piano … Continue reading

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Glen Campbell – Phoenix – Live Performance TNN

Thanks to Boars Nest for the You Tube   I previously played the recorded version of By The Time I get to Phoenix by Glen Campbell here. That was from a television show where they played the record and Glen … Continue reading

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