The Life and Lyrics of Andy Razaf


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



The definitive biography of the greatest Black lyricist of the 20th Century. Andy Razaf was the lyricist of choice for the most esteemed Black songwriters 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. He also composed with Waller what many regard as America’s first race protest song, “Black and Blue.”

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

This is a virtually mint copy of the rare First American edition, in an unclipped dust jacket. It is signed in ink on the title page by the author.