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 — 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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Annette Hanshaw — Rosy Cheeks

Thanks to warholsoup100 for the You Tube Rosy Cheeks was composed and written by Seymour Simons, Richard Whiting, and Kenn Sisson. On this recording from 1927, she is well accompanied by Irving Brodsky on Piano. Annette Hanshaw’s singing career on … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter

Thanks to Zedupoca for the You Tube I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter was composed by Fred E. Ahlert with Lyrics by Joe Young. It was originally written for the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin.’  Fats Waller … Continue reading

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Art Tatum Group — Would You Like To Take a Walk

Thanks to VintageMusicFM for the You Tube Now, back to what we usually do here. This tune was Would You Like Take A Walk. It’s available in the U.S. from The Genius of Art Tatum, Vol. 9. The tune was … Continue reading

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Roger Miller — Music for Children — You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd

  Thanks to Bø Zolner for the You Tube Now for something quite different for this website.  It’s a change of pace.  That was You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd by Roger Miller. What brought that to mind … Continue reading

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