Tonight’s Party is brought to you by Unitary Moonbat, who came up with this pun:
where tonight we’ll take a last look – a Parthian shot, if you will – at the recent history of Iran.
So, in honor of the Unitary Moonbat a little look back at a lesser known singer.
I first heard of Ella Mae Morse when I was getting into Boogie Woogie Piano and listened to some Freddie Slack.
by the way, the EMM entry mentions Nick Tosches. Amazing stuff. Highly recommended The fiction book In the Hand of Dante is kinda pedantic, well no, it’s EXTREMELY pedantic, but amazing nonetheless. My favorite is probably Where Dead Voices Gather
A tribute to Ella Mae
Cow Cow Boogie was her first big hit, but I don’t care for it, so I’m not going to link to it. It may have been named for Cow Cow Davenport http://www.redhotjazz.com/cowc…
who could really bang the ivories, and his Cow Cow Blues has nothing to do with cows.
His other classic is State Street Jive
Also, ya gotta love this:
Davenport learned to play piano and organ in his father’s church from his mother who was the organist and it looked like he was going to follow in the family footsteps until he was expelled from the Alabama Theological Seminary in 1911 for playing Ragtime at a church function.
Back to Ella Mae
I like this one. Can’t really say why, it’s kinda schlocky too. Oh well.
House of Blue Lights w/jive
You may tip Ella Mae, but do not recommend this Pony Party.
There are many excellent Earth Day Essays, along with other great work on the Front Page, read one or two if you haven’t already, then feel free to come back and boogie.
On a side note, I was given the secret Turing Test code, but ya’know, fuck it, who cares.