Category Archives: Chuck Cecil

Art Tatum Group Masterpieces — Under a Blanket of Blue

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube This tune is from Art Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol 1 Cut 3. Art Tatum ( piano), Benny Carter (Alto Sax), and Louis Bellson (drums). Recorded in 1954, Under a Blanket of Blue was … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Rump Steak Serenade

Thanks to Darryn Ray Brott for the YouTube Rump Steak Serenade was recorded July 1, 1941 in Hollywood. Fats Waller did the vocal and piano with a studio pickup orchestra  including vocalists. He wrote the song and lyrics, but for … Continue reading

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Tatum, Hampton, Rich Trio –What Is This Thing Called Love

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube What is This Thing Called Love was written by Cole Porter and features Art Tatum ,Piano, Lionel Hampton, vibes; and Buddy Rich on drums. This is Vol 4, Cut 8 from Art Tatum … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Louise

Thanks to ramoburg for the You Tube The Complete Pablo Art Tatum .Solo Masterpieces Vol 1 track 13. Louise was composed by Leo Robin and Richard Whiting. Tatum’s version of Louise was tender and delicate.

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Lee Wiley and Fats Waller — But Not For Me

Thanks to Hans Pfaall for the YouTube But Not For Me was composed and lyric written by George and Ira Gershwin. This recording by Fats Waller and Lee Wiley was made with the Max Kaminsky Orchestra November 15, 1939. The … Continue reading

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Early New Years Eve — Once Again

New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without Guy Lombardo, but we’ll skip Auld Lang Syne kick it off with  one of his lesser known songs.  Seems Like Old Times was written by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb. Lombardo’s … Continue reading

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Fats Waller and Art Tatum again — Honeysuckle Rose

Thanks again to gullivior for the You Tube Since New Years Eve falls on Sunday evening, I’ll have  Fats Waller and Art Tatum playing the same song, this time Fats’ own composition Honeysuckle Rose.  Fats plays his version in 1941 … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Chuck Cecil

Today, December 26th, is Chuck Cecil’s birthday. He will be 95 years old. His Swingin’  Years program was on the air from 1956 until July of last year, a phenomenal 60 years. He was on commercial radio, Armed Forces Radio, … Continue reading

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Mid Twentieth Century Romantic Christmas Songs

For the Swing Era Generation, the main theme of the adult Christmas songs of that era was wistful nostalgia. Thanks to Walter Tan for the You Tube The story goes that The Christmas Song was written on a hot July … Continue reading

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Christmas is for small children

Christmas as a special time for small children.  Many small children need Christmas, especially those who suffer in an often unkind world. It also comes at a dark and cold time of the year. Children who need Christmas the most … Continue reading

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