View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Alligator Crawl on Discogs. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Shellac release of Alligator Crawl / Viper’s Drag on Discogs. In the beginning there was a composition by the young Fats Waller. He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl.

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Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Because of Once Upon a Time. In most respects the Hot Seven interpretation is so different from the other that the two versions sound like two different pieces of music. Their version has not much in common with the later recording by Fats Waller. Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now.

Never fails to bring a happy feeling – Its tempo has a charm that grows and grows Cyr on guitar and Pete Briggs on tuba had made a lusty three-minute recording in Chicago of Alligator Crawl.

Alligator Crawl – Fats Waller – 1934

AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. With her classical training and skills as a jazz composer and arranger constantly in use with this band in the midsnot to mention that she plays the piano on the recording, I would not be surprised if there is as much Hardin as Waller in the Hot Seven recording.

Watch the performance by clicking here. He probably composed it in and he called it Alligator Crawl. Perhaps that’s what influenced Erwin Elvers; but both the title and the composer on this label are are surely incorrect: Introspection Late Night Partying.


Could the Hot Seven have started by looking at the the same musical arrangement that Doc Cook used so precisely – re-interpreting it freely in their own way? Release Date January 12, So I have to come to the conclusion that Waller probably wrote a bar theme as well as the famous theme when he originally composed the piece, but that he chose to re-write the tune, dropping the bar theme and replacing it with some new bar material, when he came to record it as a piano speciality seven years later.

These are the salty “Because of Once Upon a Time” and the moody “Night Wind,” a song of heartbreak with breathtaking passages played upon the organ. I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby. Alligator Crawl is so appealing – A creepy rhythm that will tickle your toes. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.

This led me to speculate that Armstrong and his pianist wife Lil Hardin took just a musical idea and the harmonies from the Waller bar theme and re-structured them in their own way, allowing for some tremendous fresh invention. Bert Brandsma has kindly supplied me with an analysis of the structure: It comprises eight segments: Waller is heard with his Rhythm group on two sides dating from January Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

The fact that this collection contains mostly piano solos means that the very essence of Thomas Waller ‘s musical world is presented without a lot of distractions. And if you would like to examine a 21st-Century version by the great young band Tuba SkinnyI can tell you they have recorded it on their Pyramid Strut CD, and you can watch them on YouTube, thanks to the generosity of the great video-maker digitalalexa playing it in public.


A walller of Erwin Elvers of Luetjensee, Germany, is that the Alligator Crawl played by Armstrong was based on a Spencer Williams composition from which Fats Waller adopted the theme for his own composition. Crawll nFats Waller himself recorded it as a piano solo.

Aligator Crawl (Waller, Fats) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Posted by Pops Coffee at Although these 24 bars seem to my ear to use the same harmonic sequence as Fats Waller, Louis plays a melody that is almost totally different, apart from the famous opening two bars: But this theory – though it appeals to me as plausible – seems unsupported by paper records.

Unless somebody finds a manuscript or orchestration fromwe may never know the full story. Parlophone put out a version with the title as Alligator Blues and the composer as ‘Williams’.