By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone
There were two men; each made a name for himself as a music star; each played the piano and sang. Even if you are twenty, perhaps thirty years younger than myself you have probably heard of only one of the gentlemen, but more on that later. One of the men was black … the other white. The white man leaned toward classical music by the masters and popular American music; the black man, to classic jazz and Be Bop. I suppose what sets them apart is their color. What joins them is the brotherhood of music and that each was an American phenomena with more than a touch of flamboyance.
Friends have laughed when I’ve told them about Cement Mixer and
sung tried to sing a few bars for them, even more so with Flat Foot Floogie, and they absolutely lost it when I tried Dunkin’ Bagel and Potato Chips. So foreign is the Be Bop vernacular to some, that the titles are often mangled when posted on the internet. In fact, my old ears have tangled with my old years and prevent me clear understanding of the songs “spoken” in Be Bop.
Enough introduction, here’s the first video: Liberace
Here’s the next one. You’ll have to enjoy yourself through the first arrangement, before you get to Cement Mixer, but you won’t be disappointed: Slim Gaillard
To each his own, but it just sounds right when Slim performs Cement Mixer, while it sounds a trifle contrived when Liberace “mixes the batch.” I believe both performances are great examples of great musicians.
A tap of the cap to the YouTube uploaders. For Liberace “showmanlee” and for Gaillard ”Jerry Decker.” There are many more videos and audios from both artists which can be accessed through the links below:
Just as an aside, Gaillard is a French derived name meaning forecastle or vigorous. Vigorous can’t be argued. As to Liberace, his father was Italian and his mother Polish. Try as I might, I could not find meaning for the name; although I suspect it might derive from the word liberty. Please correct me, if you should know better.
- Michael Douglas Still on for LIBERACE; Shooting Set to Begin in May or June 2011 (collider.com)
- Fans mourn closing of Liberace Museum (ctv.ca)
- Michael Douglas Says Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Liberace’ Shoots in May or June 2011 (slashfilm.com)
- Hellzapoppin’ (songbook1.wordpress.com)
- Hay Festival: Brecon Jazz Festival (telegraph.co.uk)