Category Archives: Old Time Radio

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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Claude Thornhill and Sir Charles Thompson Robbins Nest

(Updated with apologies) Thanks to Orchard for the You Tube That was Claude Thronhill’s version of Robbin’s Nest. Claude Thornhill was one of the few swing era orchestra leaders who made a committed embrace of the newer Bebop jazz. At … Continue reading

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