Sunday, August 23, 2015

Music break 7



Born Thomas Wright Waller.

He laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, but he was also an excellent entertainer.

He was so famous and fabulous that in 1926, that he was actually kidnapped to play at one of Al Capone's birthday parties.

With so many wonderful songs, it was hard to pick one, so I chose two.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" 1929

Written by Fats Waller, Harry Brooks (music), and Andy Razaf (lyrics)

Sung here in 1943:





"Until the Real Thing Comes Along" 1937

Words and music by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, and L.E. Freeman.




Please look him up, he was a truly wonderful musician and there's so much more to enjoy :)

xo
rue


24 comments:

  1. I bet the kidnapping was a good story to dine out on for a long time! I love listening to him singing Ain't Misbehaving and gosh just look at him play that piano!

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  2. Fats Waller has a wonderful voice and I enjoyed both songs and videos, Rue!

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  3. Until the real thing comes along - that was nice.

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  4. Kidnapped by Al Capone, ...what a neat story! (probably a little scary for him, lol!) Enjoyed the songs! I especially love the history you include about the artists! Keep them coming! :) ~Rhonda

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  5. Kidnapped by Al Capone, ...what a neat story! (probably a little scary for him, lol!) Enjoyed the songs! I especially love the history you include about the artists! Keep them coming! :) ~Rhonda

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  6. Ahhhh, I could sit here and listen to these all day long! Such wonderful talent! I love his facial experessions in "Ain't Misbehavin'"!

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  7. Delightful post, sweet Rue :) And oh my, being kidnapped to play for Al Capone's birthday...that must have been thriling :) Have a wonderful day. Hugs!

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  8. Rue, "Ain't Mis Behaving" made my day. I was sitting here, bored, maybe a bit depressed, but that video made me smile. Thanks for sharing!

    Grace & Peace

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  9. Kidnapped?? Scary but wow...talk about being in demand! Ha! Thanks for sharing. I always love these posts!

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  10. That was wonderful, Rue! Just what I needed to listen a music break on this busy Monday afternoon! Yes, we enjoyed the rain up there, the kids were running and playing in it, and that antique store you recommended was amazing! Have a lovely day!

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  11. I love Fats Waller Rue. He's one of the greats! Loved this post…going to play him now on Pandora while I work. xo Lidy

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  12. So lovely to have a music break whilst I'm at the keyboard visiting all my lovely 'blogland' friends.

    Good choice, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  13. So lovely to have a music break whilst I'm at the keyboard visiting all my lovely 'blogland' friends.

    Good choice, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  14. Rue,
    I like "Aint Misbehavin." He reminds me a bit of Louis Armstrong, my favorite.

    Have a lovely week.

    ~Sheri

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  15. Great story about the kidnapping. Leave it to Capone to go about things the hard way!

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  16. Hello Rue, I too love music and this was a very nice change from so many posts. I remember the songs too. Fat's Waller was awesome for his time. This kind of music never gets old.

    Summer is rushing into Fall. My favorite time of the year.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  17. i must be an old soul.
    i can't ever put into words how hearing these songs makes me feel. and i mean the REAL songs from way back then. true recordings. like the ones on your post.
    i just could listen to them always. they're as if my hot tired feet are slipping into cool comfortable shoes.... and there's a ceiling fan going... and time stands still.
    sometimes in that first moment... even better than being barefoot if you know what i mean!
    anyway.
    thank you SO MUCH rue... for sharing these treasures with us! XOXO♥

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  18. Love Fats Waller. Thanks for sharing today. xo Laura

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  19. What a delightful way to begin my day.I especially enjoyed "Ain't Misbehavin". Thanks for bringing a smile to my face. :D
    Nancy

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  20. Rue, what a melodic accompaniment to my mid-morning coffee! My daughter has us watching 'Boardwalk Empire', and I am becoming quite acquainted with Mr. Capone's scary antics!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    xo
    Poppy

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  21. Oh, I have so many favorite singer/piano players....Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Little Richard...I am a product of teen in the 50's, so I love all that music best of all....

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  22. Such a interesting blog Rue- draws me in and B A C K -

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