Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This week, let's honor Spencer Williams - not the actor who appeared on TV's Amos & Andy show, but the songwriter who was born in New Orleans Louisiana on October 14 1889 and passed away in Flushing New York on July 14 1965. This remarkable  man composed quite a number of early jazz standards. The dramatis personae for our little hour of vintage recordings includes Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith. I want to acknowledge Morris "Pete" Brown for inspiring the feature this time around.

Face the Music WCBN 88.3 FM - 8.30.12 - Songs by Spencer Williams

Arkansas Blues
James P Johnson

Careless Love
Albert Nicholas & Art Hodes

Basin St. Blues
Fats Waller

Church Street Sobbin’ Blues
Eddie Lang

You’ve Got to Give Me Some
Bessie Smith

Georgia Grind
Thomas Morris & his Seven Hot Babies

Snakes Hips
The Cotton Pickers

Skip the Gutter
Louis Armstrong & his Hot Five

Mahogany Hall Stomp
Louis Armstrong & his Savoy Ballroom Five

Just a Crazy Song (Hi-Hi-Hi)
Blanche Calloway & her Joy Boys

I Ain’t Got Nobody
Fats Waller & his Rhythm

What a Pretty Miss
Fats Waller & his Rhythm

Everybody Loves My Baby
Fats Waller & his Rhythm

Pent up in a Penthouse
Fats Waller & his Rhythm

When Lights Are Low
Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra

Tishomingo Blues
Duke Ellington & his Orchestra

Royal Garden Blues
John Kirby Sextet

I’ve Found a New Baby
Lester Young Trio

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