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From J. Fred MacDonald’s collection, a 1941 Soundie starring Thomas “Fats” Waller and a bevy of beauties performing “Honeysuckle Rose” (music by Waller, lyric by Andy Razaf, 1928). Soundies were an earlier version of what we now call music videos. They were played on a kind of motion picture juke box found in bars and restaurants, and were generally made on low budgets in a single day, with the performers lip synching to a previously recorded track (which explains why the sync often looks off—because it is!).

  • 1941
  • Performance: Honeysuckle Rose
  • Performance Type: Movie
related song(s)
Honeysuckle Rose
related performer(s)
Lena Horne
related songwriter(s)
Andy Razaf
Thomas Waller
related collection(s)
J. Fred MacDonald and Associates