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Playlist - Chas from Chas & Dave's ten favourite piano players

Playlist - Chas from Chas & Dave's ten favourite piano players
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Back by popular demand… bands often claim that, but the genuine love shown for Chas & Dave is truly remarkable. Having kicked off a new UK tour last week in Cambridge (28 February), the duo are travelling the length and breadth of the UK this month. To mark the occasion Chas has put together a Playlist of his ten favourite piano players to tinkle your ivories.

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Fats Domino – Swanee River Boogie

“Fats was one of the first to cross Rhythm & Blues with Rock’n’Roll. Had his first hit in 1949, The Fat Man and is still around today.”

Jerry Lee Lewis – Mean Woman Blues

“Finest example of pure rock’n’roll piano playing. Produced by Jack Clement (a Chas & Dave fan) at Sun Studio, Memphis. 1957.”

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Fats Waller – Honeysuckle Rose

“Fine ‘stride’ style. Would have a gallon of whisky under the piano at all times. Never known him to make a mistake.”

Winnie Atwell – Black & White Rag

Popular in the 50’s I remember my mum learning this one & coming second when she played it in a talent competition at the local cinema.

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Daisy Hodges – Yes Sir That’s My Baby

“Here’s my mum playing piano and singing with me, Dave and Micky Burt on drums.”

NB Fats Domino & Daisy Hodges currently unavailable

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Albert Ammons – Roses Of Picardy

“His main boogie left hand I called a Jerry Lee left hand until I heard him do it. Jerry Lee came along after Albert Ammons. But Ammons changes left hand mid-stream as he pleases. Clever man.”

Jelly Roll Morton – Wolverine Blues

“Played in jazz keys mainly. E flat, B flat, F – horn players favourite keys. I play mainly in C, F or G, like Jerry Lee and Albert Ammons who Jerry Lee must have got his left hand from, although he don’t admit it!”

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Alan Toussaint – Mother In Law

“Ernie K Doe sang this. Alan Tousaint played on loads of New Orleans stuff. I like this easy going solo.”

Bee Bumble – Nut Rocker

Good ‘in your face’ rock’n’roll piano instrumental. Love classics rocked up.”

Chas Hodges – Hungarian Rhapsody

“Done one myself. Okay, here it is. This is a good live piece. Goes down great.”

For more, including the full tour dates, head to Chasndave.net.


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