Category Archives: Old Music Made New

Art Tatum & Co. — Street of Dreams

Thanks to OkMusix for the You Tube One of the bittersweet tunes popular in the 1940’s and 50’s, although it was first written in 1932 by Sam Lewis and Victor Young..  My favorite vocal version of this song was sung … Continue reading

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James P. Johnson — Master of Harlem Stride Piano and Composer of Hit Songs

Thanks to Okmusix for the You Tube We hear  a solo piano version of one of his big hits of the 1920‘s and beyond, If I Could Be With you One Hour Tonight.  Vocal versions became hit records for Ruth … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — I used to Love You

Thanks to Orchard Enterprises for the You Tube I used to Love You (But It’s All Over Now) is from a 1938 Radio Broadcast.  The song was originally composed in 1920 by Albert Von Tizer  with lyrics by Lew Brown. … Continue reading

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Hello, I’m back!

Thanks to JazzyclassicJazz2 for the YouTube Yes, I’m  finally back home and back to posting The song above is an instrumental version of Laura.  It was issued on what turned out to be Nat King Cole’s fairwell to performing on … Continue reading

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Spike Jones — Laura

Thanks to the BassetHoundTrio Spike Jones plays his special version of  Laura. What could be more appropriate for April Fool’s Day, April 1st? Only problem this year is that I missed playing this on April 1st. The reason I missed … Continue reading

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Fats Waller, A Soundie of Honeysuckle Rose

  thanks to therealgaryhill for the You Tube Honeysuckle Rose was one of Fat’s most popular composition. This video was what was known as a Soundie. Soundies were early forerunners of the Music Video except that they were filmed. They … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — You Took Advantage of Me

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube You Took Advantage Of Me is part of the Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces recorded by Norman Granz for Pablo (in my collection) on Compact Disc two track 7. This is a Rodgers and … Continue reading

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Ella Fitzgerald — Stardust

Thanks to hotshiawase3 for the You Tube Stardust was my mother’s favorite song. Stardust was composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927 and lyric written by Mitchell Parish in 1929. This version is performed by Ella Fitzgerald with piano backing by … Continue reading

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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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