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Joe “Fingers” Carr


While seriously influenced simply by Art Tatum, this performer was barely considered a heavyweight pianist during his career. Created Louis F. Bush, or Busch with regards to the resource, the key pad maestro who also make large usage of the stage name of Joe “Fingertips” Carr were able to ensure it is into Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz, but with the next disclaimer: “A novelty performer rather than jazz musician.” The novelty itself was some sort of intensely sexed-up ragtime piano design that captured on in the dawn from the hi-fi period. The invention is at sharpened comparison to lounge music and would probably have the contrary effect when compared to a seduction if performed within a bachelor pad. Carr started generating his piano in this manner while functioning as an A&R guy for Capitol. Within a brainstorm predicated on a sharpened evaluation of current tendencies, he made a decision to indication himself up because the inexplicable “Fingertips.” He’s yet another skill that the town of Louisville, KY, can state as homegrown — however when it was time and energy to research formally, Carr, at that time still an evergrowing Bush, going for the Cincinnati Conservatory. This is not really a performer whose professional profession started after university graduation, at all. The 12-year-old keyboardist going up his very own ensemble, Lou Bush’s Tickletoe Four. By age 16 he previously no further make use of for the previous homestead and strike the road using the touring sets of bandleaders such as for example Clyde McCoy, Henry Busse, and George Olsen. He continuing moving in one touring dance music group to another through the entire ’20s and ’30s as though any kind of prolonged commitment was the best hot potato. This era of his profession came to a detailed in tandem using the loss of life of bandleader Hal Kemp in 1941. The pianist have been touring with Kemp at that time; stranded in LA, he made a decision to negotiate there, then became a member of the Military from 1942 through 1945. He following emerged within the music business, as mentioned, in his part as a skill scout. Dipping his fingertips into a documenting session every once in awhile, Carr was especially effective providing a geniune instrumental ambience within the 1949 solitary entitled “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” from the duo of Jo Stafford and Paul Weston. The actual fact that this part became a large strike didn’t help Carr’s probabilities to convince his bosses from the commercial prospect of an all-piano recording within the same design. “Ivory Rag,” the very first solitary released from Carr’s fresh group of recordings, converted into an international strike. Quite a team of honky tonk pianists adopted suit to make records of the type. Under Carr’s name only, a discography is available that rivals the task of the very most prolific documenting artist. The design he made was coupled with every conceivable trend, including Spanish bullfight music. Undoubtedly, this resulted in open public burnout. The pianist transformed companies in the past due ’50s, moving to Warner Bros., where his duties shifted back again to the A&R setting. His biggest achievement for this firm was some comedy albums created with comedian Allan Sherman. Bush passed away in a vehicle accident, the unlucky nature of the tragedy compounded by the actual fact that he previously gotten a lot mileage from the name Carr. His marital background deserves a section alone, with multiple wives including vocal diva Margaret Whiting.

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Full Name Lou Busch
Died September 19, 1979, Camarillo, California, United States
Profession Music Producer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Margaret Whiting, Janet Blair
Children Deborah Whiting
Music Songs Zambesi, Portuguese Washerwomen, Sam's Song, The Wild Ones, Rainbow's End, Down Yonder, Street Scene '58, The Charming Mademoiselle From Paris, France, Let's Do It Again, Tango Afrique, Entertainer's Rag, Boogie Woogie Rag, Cayo Coco, Lucky Pierre, Anitra's Dance of Grieg, Doo-Wacky Rag, The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady, Medley: Under Paris Skies/La La Collette, Somebody Stole My Gal, Doodle Doo Doo, Sous la bannière étoilée, In a Mist, Twelfth Street Rag, When You're Smiling, Under The Double Eagle, My Birthday Comes On Christmas!, Too Much Mustard, Doll House, Carr's Hop, Under Paris Skies, Istanbul Part I/Istanbul Part II, Snow Deer Rag
Albums Bar Room Piano, "Fingers" And The Flapper, Honky Tonk Hits, Mister Ragtime, Together For The Last Time, Goes Continental, The World's Greatest Ragtime Piano Player, Swingin' String Band, The Happy Sound, Joe "Fingers" Carr Plays The Classics, I Love Piano, Dorothy Provine and Joe "Fingers" Carr: Give My Regards to Broadway, The Greatest Hits Collection, Mr Ragtime Meets Mr Dixie, Mr. Ragtime Meets Mr. Dixie (Mono Version), More Parlor Piano, Joe "Fingers" Carr Plays the Classics (Mono Version), The Riotous Raucous Red Hot 20's / Brassy Piano, Joe 'Fingers 'Carr HiFi Hits, Loco-Motion / Brazilian Hobo (Mono Version), Ragtime Band, Rattlesnake Rag (Mono Version), The Golden Era Of Ragtime, My Birthday Come On Christmas!, Let's Do It Again (From Honky-Tonk to Classics), Class Of '25, Parlour Piano, The Fireman's Ball, Pt. 2 (Mono Version), Vintage Belle Epoque Nº 25 - EPs Collectors, "Plays The Classics", Oh Gee, Oh Gosh, Oh Golly, Rough-House Piano, Honky-Tonk Piano, Class of '25 (Mono Version), Pee Wee and Fingers (Mono Version), The Fireman's Ball, Pt. 1 (Mono Version), Hit Wonder: Joe Fingers Carr, Vol. 1, Vintage Belle Epoque Nº1 - EPs Collectors "Class Of '25", Pee Wee Hunt vs. Joe "Fingers" Carr, Highlights Of Joe Carr, Mister Ragtime (Mono Version), Friendly Persuasion (Mono Version), Golden Hits, Goofus Rag, Honky Tonk Party Time, Portuguese Washerwomen / Lucky Pierre (Mono Version), Joe Fingers Carr Gold - Original Vintage Recordings, Vintage Belle Epoque Nº 26 - EPs Collectors, "Honky Tonk Street Parade", Oh You Kid! / Joe "Fingers" Carr and His Swingin' String Band!, Vintage Belle Epoque Nº 18 - EPs Collectors, "Fireman's Ball"", Doodle Doo Doo, Gloden Memory: Joe Fingers, Joe Haymes + . . .

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1 Release of his book, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter From Camp)" by Lou with Allan Sherman.
2 Ex-brother-in-law of Barbara Whiting.
3 Ex-son-in-law of Richard A. Whiting.
4 Was Allan Sherman's musical director on all his recordings.
5 Under the pseudonym of Joe "Fingers" Carr, Busch had several hits for Capitol records as a honky-tonk pianist throughout the 1950's, most notably the 1957 top-20 hit "Portuguese Washerwoman."
6 As an A&R (artists and repertoire) coordinator at Capitol records during the late 1940s and 50s, he was instrumental in selecting songs for such legendary singers as Nat 'King' Cole, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra, among many others.

Music Department

Music Department

The Young Americans 1970 TV Movie arrangements
What's My Line? 1953-1965 TV Series composer - 60 episodes



Spise med Price 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 Documentary performer: "Zambesi"
Fired Up! 2009 writer: "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" - as Louis Busch
Isn't She Great 2000 writer: "Roller Coaster"
The King of Queens 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Indian Summer 1993 writer: "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"
Reds 1981 writer: "Rattlesnake Rag" - as Louis F. Bush
What's My Line? 1950 TV Series writer: "Roller Coaster"

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