Friday, March 1, 2013

Fats Waller 78 RPM Records Radio Show Saturday January 26 3:30 pm ET on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

The sounds of classic 78 RPM records will fill the air when the music of Fats Waller will be presented on the 28th edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour airing this Saturday, February 2 
3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT
on Internet radio powerhouse Cult Radio-A-Go-Go(

This Saturday Joe Bev presents Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "The 78s of Fats Waller", including: 
Fats Waller

1. (Take Me Back To) The Wide Open Places
2. Fair And Square
3. Abercrombie had a Zombie
4. Hey! Stop Kissin' My Sister
5. All That Meat and No Potatoes
6. Breakin' the Ice
7. Boo Hoo
8. By The Light of The Silvery Moon
9. Flat Foot Floogie (With a Floy Floy)
10. Fats Waller - When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
11. Everybody Loves My Baby
13. Dem Bones
14. Hold My Hand
15.Yacht Club Swing
16. Shortnin' Bread
17. Two Sleepy People

Fats Waller
Thomas Wright Waller was the youngest of four children born to Adaline Locket Waller and the Reverend Edward Martin Waller. He started playing the piano when he was six and graduated to the organ of his father's church four years later. At the age of fourteen he was playing the organ at Harlem's Lincoln Theater and within twelve months he had composed his first rag. Waller's first piano solos ("Muscle Shoals Blues" and "Birmingham Blues") were recorded in October 1922 when he was 18 years old.

Fats Waller
He was the prize pupil, and later friend and colleague, of stride pianist James P. Johnson. Fats Waller was the son of a preacher and learned to play the organ in church with his mother. Overcoming opposition from his clergyman father, Waller became a professional pianist at 15, working in cabarets and theaters. In 1918 he won a talent contest playing Johnson's "Carolina Shout", a song he learned from watching a player piano play it.

Waller composed many novelty swing tunes in the 1920s and 1930s and sold them for relatively small sums. When the compositions became hits, other songwriters claimed them as their own. Many standards are alternatively and sometimes controversially attributed to Waller, including "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby". Waller copyrighted over 400 new songs, many of which co-written with his closest collaborator Andy Razaf. In 1926, Waller began his recording association with Victor Records, his principal record company for the rest of his life.

A Zombie
The Zombie cocktail so named for its effects on the partaker was invented by Donn Beach of Hollywood's Don the Beachcomber restaurant in the 1930's, Became popular when served at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. In 1940, pianist Fats Waller recorded a novelty song called "Abercrombie Had a Zombie" about the effects of the cocktail on a previously law-abiding citizen who has a few zombies and becomes a public menace. The song also mentions Aquacade and other features of the 1939 New York World's Fair where the drink was popularized.

Joe Bev
Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.

Comedy-O-Rama Hour
Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.

27 weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

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Louis Armstrong's New Orleans,
with Wynton Marsalis:
A Joe Bev Muiscal Sound Portrait

by Joe Bevilacqua Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Winton Marsalis, Donald Newlove, Leonard Lopate, Louis Armstrong

Length: 59 min. 

Veteran radio producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this entertaining, informative hour, recorded in the French Quarter of New Orleans and featuring jazz great Wynton Marsalis, jazz author and historian Donald Newlove, WNYC Radio talk show host Leonard Lopate, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others, on the origins of jazz, and the life and music of legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Also featured is the music of Armstrong throughout his long career, and rare recordings, including audio from a 1957 CBS TV documentary with Edward R. Murrow.


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