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Joe 'Fingers' Carr & Lou Busch - Let's Do It Again- From Honky Tonk to the Classics (2010)

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Joe 'Fingers' Carr & Lou Busch - Let's Do It Again- From Honky Tonk to the Classics (2010)

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CD 1
1. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Music! Music! Music! (2:12)
2. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Portuguese Washerwoman (2:11)
3. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Moonlight Bay (2:03)
4. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Maple Leaf Rag (2:08)
5. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Sam's Song (2:58)
6. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Somebody Stole My Gal (2:14)
7. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Margie (2:15)
8. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Stumbling (2:05)
9. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Let's Do It Again (2:22)
10. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Dardanella (2:50)
11. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Boogie Woogie Rag (2:16)
12. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Down Yonder (2:28)
13. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Sweet Georgia Brown (1:47)
14. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Aloha Oe (2:07)
15. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Kitten On The Keys (2:02)
16. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Lucky Pierre (2:01)
17. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - The Darktown Strutter's Ball (2:27)
18. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - The Daughter Of Rosie O'Grady (2:11)
19. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Tiger Rag (1:49)
20. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Beer Barrel Polka (2:07)
21. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - More! More! More! (2:30)
22. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Doo-Wacky Rag (2:14)
23. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Too Much Mustard (2:32)
24. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Snow Deer Rag (2:16)
25. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Alexander's Ragtime Band (2:12)
26. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Twelfth Street Rag (2:20)
27. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Mary Lou (1:47)
28. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Ragging The Scale (2:33)
29. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Baby Face (2:02)
30. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - The Old Piano Roll Blues (2:16)
31. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Nobody's Sweetheart (2:02)
32. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Johnson Rag (2:02)
33. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Ivory Rag (2:22)
34. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - Sunflower Rag (1:57)
35. Joe 'Fingers' Carr - I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover (1:59)

CD 2
1. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Zambezi (2:39)
2. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Eleventh-Hour Melody (Thee I Love) (2:54)
3. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Doll House (2:39)
4. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Clair De Lune (3:46)
5. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Manhattan Serenade (3:46)
6. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Tango Afrique (2:40)
7. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Lazy Rhapsody (2:45)
8. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Sunrise Serenade (2:16)
9. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Cumana (2:35)
10. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Friendly Persuasion (2:55)
11. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Rhapsody In Blue (3:10)
12. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Jato (1:55)
13. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - The Very Thought Of You (3:04)
14. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Nola (2:47)
15. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Theme From "Shangri-La" (3:18)
16. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Rainbow's End (2:54)
17. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - In The Mist (4:30)
18. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Portofino (2:51)
19. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Make The Man Love Me (2:56)
20. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - And So To Sleep Again (2:53)
21. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Everlasting (3:15)
22. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Outside Of Heaven (2:17)
23. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Good Morning, Mr.Echo (2:37)
24. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - The End Of A Love Affair (3:03)
25. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Hello, Young Lovers (3:14)
26. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - We Kiss In A Shadow (2:35)
27. Joe "Fingers" Carr/ Lou Busch - Something Wonderful (3:09)

 

While heavily influenced by Art Tatum, this performer was hardly considered a heavyweight pianist during his career. Born Louis F. Bush, or Busch depending on the source, the keyboard maestro who would also make heavy use of the stage name of Joe "Fingers" Carr managed to make it into Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz, but with the following disclaimer: "A novelty performer rather than a jazz artist." The novelty itself was a kind of heavily sexed-up ragtime piano style that caught on in the very dawn of the hi-fi era. The invention was in sharp contrast to lounge music and would most likely have the opposite effect than a seduction if played in a bachelor pad. Carr began driving his piano this way while working as an A&R man for Capitol. In a brainstorm based on a sharp analysis of current trends, he decided to sign himself up as the mysterious "Fingers."

He is yet another talent that the city of Louisville, KY, can claim as homegrown -- but when it was time to study formally, Carr, at that point still a growing Bush, headed for the Cincinnati Conservatory. This was not a performer whose professional career began after college graduation, by any means. The 12-year-old keyboardist headed up his own ensemble, Lou Bush's Tickletoe Four. By the age of 16 he had no further use for the old homestead and hit the road with the touring groups of bandleaders such as Clyde McCoy, Henry Busse, and George Olsen. He continued moving from one touring dance band to another throughout the '20s and '30s as if any sort of extended commitment was the ultimate hot potato. This period of his career came to a close in tandem with the death of bandleader Hal Kemp in 1941. The pianist had been touring with Kemp at the time; stranded in Los Angeles, he decided to settle there, then joined the Army from 1942 through 1945. He next emerged in the music business, as previously mentioned, in his role as a talent scout.

Dipping his fingers into a recording session from time to time, Carr was particularly effective providing an authentic instrumental ambience on the 1949 single entitled "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" by the duo of Jo Stafford and Paul Weston. The fact that this side became a big hit didn't help Carr's chances to convince his bosses of the commercial potential for an all-piano album in the same style. "Ivory Rag," the first single released from Carr's new series of recordings, turned into an international hit.

Quite a crew of honky tonk pianists followed suit in making records of this sort. Under Carr's name alone, a discography exists that rivals the work of the most prolific recording artist. The style he created was combined with every conceivable fad, including Spanish bullfight music. Inevitably, this led to public burnout. The pianist changed employers in the late '50s, moving over to Warner Bros., where his responsibilities shifted back to the A&R mode. His biggest success for this company was a series of comedy albums produced with comedian Allan Sherman. Bush died in a car accident, the unfortunate nature of this tragedy compounded by the fact that he had gotten so much mileage out of the name Carr. His marital history deserves a chapter by itself, with multiple wives including vocal diva Margaret Whiting. ---Eugene Chadbourne, allmusic.com

 

b. Louis Ferdinand Bush, 18 July 1910, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, d. 19 September 1979, Camarillo, California, USA. In his late teens Busch began playing with the George Olsen and Hal Kemp bands (he met and married his first wife, Janet Blair, when she was the singer in Kemp’s band). In the 40s, Busch became the in-house producer for Capitol Records and later, the A&R man. During this period he also played piano in the studio bands that backed artists such as Peggy Lee and Jo Stafford. In the early 50s his orchestra was prominent on hits by Margaret Whiting (who, after his divorce, became his second wife), and Kay Starr.

In the 50s, with the ragtime revival in full flow, Busch issued his self-penned ‘Ivory Rag’. Playing this style of music he recorded prolifically under the name of Joe ‘Fingers’ Carr (with the Carr-Hopps), and enjoyed US chart success with ‘Down Yonder’ and ‘Portuguese Washerwoman’, both featuring his honky tonk-style piano playing. His most famous record, ‘Zambesi’ (a UK Top 3 hit in early 1956), was covered in 1982 by the Piranhas and reached number 17 in the UK chart.

In the late 50s Busch left Capitol Records and began working for Warners Brothers Records as an A&R man plus as a recording performer. He was killed in a car crash in 1979. ---allmusic.com

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