Tag: 1940

All That Meat And No Potatoes

All That Meat And No Potatoes - Fats Waller, 1940s
Song Of The Week #003

Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano.

His best-known compositions, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 and 1999.

The Java Jive

The Java Jive by The Ink Spots, 1940
Song Of The Week #001

Celebrating that "cheery, cheery" bean of the caffeinated variety with the Ink Spots (Hoppy Jones, Deek Watson, Bill Kenny, and Charlie Fuqua).

The song went largely unplayed during World War II for its reference to the wily Japanese detective Mr. Moto (played by Peter Lorre in a series of movies).

Likewise, the Japanese occupied the Dutch colony of Java (Indonesia) which cut off that source of Coffee to the American market for several years...Brazil picked up the slack.

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