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ANDY RAZAF  

(1895 - 1973)

Andreamenentania Paul Razafinkerierfo
Lyricist, Poet, Baseball Pitcher
(1895-1973)

Andy Razaf was the son of a Madagascar prince who married the daughter of the American consul to Madagascar. With her father, purportedly the first black man in the diplomatic corps, Jennie fled to Washington, D.C. after the French invaded, killed her husband, and annexed the country as a colony. Andy was born in the states with an almost 40-character name which he shortened to Razaf. He sold one song in 1913 and left for Cleveland where he pitched in a black semipro baseball league. He came to New York in 1921 where his reputation as a protest poet (reflected in the lyrics of “Black and Blue”) landed him jobs as a lyricist with Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, and Paul Denniker.

In 1929 alone he had several hits with Waller--“Honeysuckle Rose,” “Black and Blue (What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue),” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” The team also created “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now” (1932) and “The Joint is Jumpin’” (1940). Razaf’s “S’posin’” with Denniker and “Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You” with Don Redman were also big successes. He scored Blackbirds of 1932 with Eubie Blake which produced “Memories of You” and “Lindy Hop.” Other collaborations produced “Stompin’ at the Savoy” (1936) and “In the Mood” (1939), and he wrote the words and music for “That’s What I Like About the South” (1942) which became Phil Harris’ signature song. He also came up with the lyrics for Blake’s “My Handy Man,” a song filled with sexual double entendres, and the equally bawdy “If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep On Sitting On It” with music by Alexander Hill.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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ARMSTRONG, Louis: I've Got The World On A String (1930-1933) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 2) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120609
Jazz
ARMSTRONG, Louis: Jeepers Creepers (1938-1939) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 5) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120815
Jazz
BASIE, Count: Circus In Rhythm (Radio Transcriptions and Service V-Discs, 1944-1945) (Basie, Vol. 4) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120820
Jazz
BASIE, Count: Coming Out Party (1940 - 1942) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120819
Jazz
BEIDERBECKE, Bix: Bix Lives! (1926-1930) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120712
Jazz
CROSBY, Bing: Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (1927-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120697
Nostalgia
DORSEY BROTHERS: Stop, Look And Listen (1932-1935) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120762
Jazz
DORSEY, Tommy: Music Maestro, Please (1935-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120580
Jazz
FITZGERALD, Ella: A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1936-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120540
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing Me a Swing Song (1935-1936) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120548
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing, Sing, Sing (1937-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120768
Jazz
GRAPPELLI, Stephane: Stephane's Tune (1938-1942) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120570
Jazz
HENDERSON, Fletcher: Blue Rhythm (1931-1933) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120672
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HERMAN, Woody: The Band That Plays the Blues (1937-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120527
Jazz
INK SPOTS: Swing High, Swing Low (1935-1941) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120534
Nostalgia
Jazzin Legeanat - 60 kaikkien aikojen klassikkoa Naxos Jazz Legends
8.103014
Jazz
KING COLE TRIO: That's What (1943-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120826
Jazz
KRUPA, Gene: Let Me Off Uptown (1939-1945) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120749
Jazz
LEWIS, Ted: Is Everybody Happy? (1923-1931) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120770
Jazz
REINHARDT, Django: Django Reinhardt (1938-1939) (Reinhardt, Vol. 2) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120575
Jazz
SMITH, Bessie: I've Got What It Takes (1929-1933) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120732
Blues
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND JAZZ AMBASSADORS: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Altissimo
75442270012
Contemporary Jazz
WALLER, Fats: Transcriptions (1935) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120577
Jazz
WILSON, Teddy: I Want to Be Happy (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120538
Jazz
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