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Ain't Misbehavin' by Fats Waller / Vocal and Piano by Clyde Semler / ix.iii.xii

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Although I'm essentially best known of late for singing casual ditties, my wayward musical tastes occasionally sway toward the classical art song.


Fats Waller (Thomas Wright Waller, 1904-1933) wrote some very sassy and sophisticated songs in the early part of the XXth century. Ain't Misbehavin' is perhaps one of his best known. He collaborated with Harry Brooks (music) and Andy Razaf (lyrics) on many fine compositions. A seldom heard song is You're Only Slightly Less Than Wonderful which is a send up of George Gershwin's S'wonderful. The lyrics are delightfully witty and give this song an added verve which sparkles even more brilliantly than Ira Gershwin's lyric. Another fine song is There's a Man (Gal) in My Life. And, of course, Honeysuckle Rose.


I hope you'll agree with me that this performance may well be the one that gets me into Carnegie Hall at last.


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Taken on March 9, 2012