[78-L] Grammatical error on Grey Gull and on Victor
J. E. Knox
rojoknox at metroeast.org
Mon Apr 30 14:37:27 PDT 2012
Greetings from FixitLand!
David Lennick wrote:
> Weren't there a couple of Fats Waller titles that were reversed and
> stayed that
"The Minor Drag" and "Harlem Fuss" on Victor V-38050. At least that's
what Rust-JR says; I wonder on what basis he made that determination.
Both titles are credited to Fats as composer; both are Take 2. Not
sure how you could really tell unless you had V-38050 and one of the
reissues of "The Minor Drag" (Bluebird B-10185, Victor 20-1583,
various LPs) and could compare. And that would presume the reissues
are correctly labeled. I've yet to acquire V-38050. The tune labeled
"The Minor Drag" on Victor 20-1583-B starts out in C minor (which
suggests it's probably correctly titled). Is that the case with
V-38050-A (the side labeled "The Minor Drag")?
EDVR has these sides listed, but nothing there discusses a side
reversal, accidental or otherwise.
This YouBoob page shows V-38050-A playing, and it's the same tune as
This much more recent performance on the 'Boob is also the same tune
and title (nearly note-for-note off the record):
But here's another recent video of that tune under the "Harlem Fuss"
I dunno...Would sure like to have some definitive info on this
purported title swap. So far it seems to be just Brian Rust's say-so.
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