BLACK AND BLUE

The Life and Lyrics of Andy Razaf

1992

First American Edition

By: Barry Singer (Foreword by Bobby Short)

Schirmer Books [New York]

8vo (444 pages, illustrated)

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Blue cloth]

Item Number: 15453

$100.00

Description

The definitive work about the most important African-American lyricist of the 20th Century; an obscure but essential figure in the annals of American popular music. Andy Razaf was the lyricist of choice for most of the great black music men of the prewar era in Harlem. His two closest collaborators were Fats Waller and Eubie Blake. From “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose” to “Memories of You,” the words were Razaf’s, who also composed with Waller what many regard as America’s first race protest song, “Black and Blue.” This is a virtually mint copy of the rare First American edition, in an unclipped dust jacket.