[Dixielandjazz] Hot Chocolates
G. William Oakley
gwilliamoakley at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 30 15:28:59 PDT 2003
According to "The American Musical Theater" the following listing states
A Negro night club revue, revised for Broadway, opened the season
(1929-1930). Hot Chocolates was principally by Andy Razaf and Fats Waller.
The two had come to Broadway's attention two years before with their work
for Keep Shufflin' (3-27-28). Their music for their new offering was even
better, including as it did, the enduring Ain't Misbehavin.' The plaintive
undertones of the song hint at the stylings of much of the music of Broadway
for the next few years. A young orchestra member was Louis Armstrong, who
was called from the pit to present a trumpet solo. For Armstrong it was the
beginning of forty years at the the top of his profession. Skits made fun
of traffic in Harlem, photographing a prizefighter, and an animal wedding.
Young ladies of the chorus were listed in the program as "Hot Chocolate
Drops" and chorus boys as "Bon Bon Buddies," suggesting that either the
verse to "Black Bottom" had given currency to some new expressions or that
both shows were recording fashionable cliches of the day. Hot Chocolate
caught on quickly and ran for over six months.
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