Chick Webb saved up enough money selling newspapers to buy his first set of drums at age 11. By the time he was 18 he was leading a band that was a regular headliner at the Savoy Ballroom in New York. Chick contracted tuberculosis of the spine as a child which left him with severe scoliosis, a very short stature, and limited use of his neck and shoulders. His drum kit had to be specially modified because of his physical differences but his unique and exciting drum style transformed drumming in the swing jazz era. Here’s Chick’s orchestra featuring a young Ella Fitzgerald performing one of their biggest hits, “Tain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It).”
I’ll be brief because I’m posting this late. It was Mommy’s night out tonight. I had a relaxing massage, a nice Thai food dinner, then a fantastic time at the Rifftrax Live show. I sure know how to show a girl a good time don’t I? If I was dating me I’d totally be getting lucky tonight!