Fine And Dandy
Rhapsody In Blue
Andy Razaf
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The son of a Madagascan prince, Andreamenentania Paul Razafinkerierfo (December 16, 1895 – February 3, 1973) was born in Washington, D.C. after his 15 year old mother and her father escaped from Madagascar during the French invasion that resulted in the death of his fater. Razaf grew up in Harlem, and dabbled in the music business (he his first song in 1913) before moving to Cleveland to play baseball. By 1921 he was back in New York and the music business. He wrote the lyrics for Keep Shufflin' (1928), Hot Chocolates (1929), and Blackbirds of 1930, each of which included memorable songs. The most prolific African American writer of the songbook, Razaf co-wrote numerous hits including, with Fats Waller, "Honeysuckle Rose", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "How Can You Face Me" and "The Joint Is Jumpin". He also worked with Don Redman, Paul Denniker, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake and William Weldon.
In the 1950’s Razaf began working as a newspaper columnist and continued in that profession until his death in 1973. In 1972 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Artwork
 Willow Tree
(1928) Keep Shufflin'
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Thomas Waller
 S'posin'
(1929)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Paul Denniker
 Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You
(1929)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Don Redman
 Black And Blue
(1929) Connie's Hot Chocolates
Words by Andy Razaf, Harry Brooks - Music by Fats Waller
 My Fate Is In Your Hands
(1929)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 S'posin'
(1929)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Paul Denniker
 Honeysuckle Rose
(1929)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 Blue Turning Grey Over You
(1929)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 That Rhythm Man
(1929) Connie's Hot Chocolates
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller, Harry Brooks
 Ain't Misbehavin'
(1930) Connie's Hot Chocolates
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 A Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid
(1930)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by James P. Johnson
 Memories Of You
(1930) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1930
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Eubie Blake
 Keeping Out Of Mischief Now
(1932)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 Christopher Columbus
(1936)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Chu Berry
 Stompin' At The Savoy
(1936)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb
 The Joint Is Jumpin'
(1937)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller, J. C. Johnson
 In The Mood
(1939)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Joe Garland
uses melody of Tar Paper Stomp
 I'd Give A Dollar For A Dime
(1941) Tan Manhattan
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Eubie Blake
 Massachusetts
(1942)
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Luckey Roberts
Andy Razaf is featured in these OFAM 2015 Fine And Dandy events:
Tuesday Aug 11
8:00 pmRhapsody In Blue
Thursday Aug 13
8:00 pmCareless Love
Friday Aug 14
1:30 pmHoneysuckle Rose

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