Category Archives: Old Time Radio

Fats Waller — Medley: Poor Butterfly and the St. Louis Blues

Thanks to Orchard Enterprises This medley was recorded for radio broadcast and later released on records  including  these early 45 rpm extended play records. The recording date was August 2, 1939. Music recorded on 45 RPM records began shipping in … Continue reading

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Gordon Jenkins — Goodbye–And remembering Chuck Cecil

It has now been a year since Chuck Cecil retired from radio after being on the air for 70 years. I miss him because he always found something new (to me) in this old music. He kept the Swingin’ Years … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Tiger Rag

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ This performance of Tiger Rag was a live performance by a pick up band on a radio show, in this case the “Martin Block Swing Show” WNEW Radio-Radio Broadcast from October 10, 1938, in New York City. … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday— A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Thanks to Dominik Feri for the You Tube A Good Man is Hard To Find was a blues song written by Eddie Green and made popular first by Bessie Smith. The unique feature of this version is Fats’s piano playing … Continue reading

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Sidney Bechet — Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me

Thanks to acadmeieswing for the You Tube I found this You Tube of Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me while I was looking for something else.  When I saw this You Tube with Sidney Bechet (pronouced Bahshay) on Soprano … Continue reading

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Fletcher and the Duke — Ahead of their time.

Thanks to Barca Nica for the You Tube Fletcher Henderson’s Variety Stomp. Variety Stomp has a similar structure and rhythm pattern to some early Duke Ellington songs. It was written by Jo Trent, Charlie Green, and Fats Waller. Recorded May … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Louise

Thanks to Universal Music for the You Tube. Louise was a Leo Robin and Richard Whiting song most famously associated with the French actor Maurice Chevalier. It was a hit record for Chevalier for 10 weeks in 1929. In Art … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — I Understand

Thanks for the You Tube to Hans Pfaall I Understand was recorded on May 13, 1941. Fats was in a thoughtful mood that day. Joined on this song with Fats, piano and vocal; were John Hamilton, trumpet; John Smith, guitar; … Continue reading

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If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight — In Popular Music

Popular music as a category was mostly defined by the volume of record sales. Sometimes it was called easy listening or middle of the road music. Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, and Les Brown were probably the most successful at capturing … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Blues — Bert Lown 1930

Thanks to 240252 for the You Tube After I posted the Stan Getz version of Bye Bye Blues last week, I couldn’t get the basic melody out of my head. The chord changes kept coming back to me. I guess … Continue reading

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