Black and Blue: The Life and Lyrics of Andy Razaf

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Schirmer Books, 1995 - Lyricists - 444 pages
A prolific lyricist on Broadway, Andy Raazf lived in the world of prohibition-era Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Harlem. Author of more than 800 songs from blues to big band hits, Razaf created with Fats Waller and Eubie Blake, songs such as Black and Blue, Honeysuckle Rose, The Joint is Jumpin, and Ain't Misbehavin. From his first Broadway musical, Keep Shufflin in 1928, Razaf's life paralleled the emergence of an African-American musical theatre on Broadway. This book features 60 photographs from Razaf's family albums and personal collections, a complete list of songs, and a select discography.

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Singer, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, offers a thoroughly researched life of Andrea Razafkeriefo (1895-1973)- -better known as ``Andy Razaf''—the African-American lyricist whose over 500 ... Read full review

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With geniuses like Gershwin and Porter at their peaks, the 1920s were thrilling years for Broadway and Tin Pan Alley. Uptown in Harlem, talented musicians and composers were working to shed the image ... Read full review

Contents

Swanee Fashion Plate
35
Boun for a OneHorse Town
59
Hotcha RazzMaTazz
77
Whos to Blame
105
Z AintCha Glad?
131
Harlem Hotcha
165
A Low Down Treat
199
What Harlem Is to Me
233
Swing Low
281
The Outskirts of Town
305
Blue Turning Grey
323
Notes
351
Acknowledgments
383
Discography
409
Index
419
Copyright

How Can You Face Me?
255

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About the author (1995)

Singer writes about music and theater for the New York Times. He is also the proprietor of the independent Chartwell Booksellers in New York City.

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