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Artist: Crazy Otto - Fritz Schulz Reichel
Title: Swinging Together
Format: CD
Label: SOUNDS OF YESTERYEAR
Catalog Number:2205
Barcode:5019317022051 itemnumber=1000124759
Price: $20.98  (All prices include domestic shipping.)
Genre: JAZZ
Release Date: 9/18/2020
Availability: In Stock
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Fritz Schulz-Reichel (July 4, 1912 – February 14, 1990) was a German jazz and pop pianist. Schulz-Reichel’s father was a classical musician, and he began playing piano at the age of six. He developed an unusual technique where he played the melody of a tune with the left hand and the rhythm with the right hand. While he trained to be a concert pianist, he chose a career in pop music, playing light jazz and pop tunes. He invented a device called the Tipsy Wire Box, which could be attached to a piano to make it sound like an out-of-tune barrelhouse upright. (Another interpretation is that “Tipsy Wire Box” was a slang expression for the piano itself, which was merely “detuned”; that is, one of the three strings that make up each note of the main section of the piano is slightly flatted, giving the piano the characteristic sound.) In 1953 he adopted the moniker Schräger Otto (Crazy Otto), and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. His tunes became hits in Germany, France, England, and America. In 1955, American musician Johnny Maddox played a medley of his songs, entitled “The Crazy Otto Medley”; this went to #2 on the U.S. charts, and in the U.S. both Reichel and Maddox were subsequently known as “Crazy Otto”, to some confusion. Schulz-Reichel continued to perform live and on film, and remained a popular jazz favorite in Germany for many years. “Crazy Otto” is referenced in the song “Ramble on Rose” written by Robert Hunter and performed by the Grateful Dead. “Crazy Otto” was reported among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal Fire.

Track Listing
 1. 
A Dreamers Holiday

 2. 
My One And Only Love

 3. 
I Fall In Love With You Every Day

 4. 
Rain

 5. 
We Could Make Beautiful Music Together

 6. 
Exactly Like You

 7. 
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

 8. 
The Glory Of Love

 9. 
In The Blue Of Evening

10. 
The Man With The Banjo

11. 
Let There Be Love

12. 
Just Another Day Wasted Away

13. 
Crazy Otto Rag

14. 
Mammy O’ Mine

15. 
Medley: Tea For Two / Lullaby Of Broadway / Begin The Bequine / My Blue Heaven

16. 
Rag Mop

17. 
12th St. Rag

18. 
Medley: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall / I’m Walking Behind You

19. 
Ain’t Misbehavin’

20. 
Little White Lies

21. 
Lady Be Good

22. 
Dinah

23. 
Georgia On My Mind

24. 
Whispering

25. 
If You Knew Susie

26. 
Medley: Daisy Bell / The Sidewalks Of New York / The Bowery / The Band Played On

27. 
Beautiful Ohio

28. 
Somebody Else Is Taking My Place


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