What do Erskine Hawkins, Sun Ra and Cleve Eaton all have in common? They were all students of Fess Whatley, famed Birmingham band leader at A.H. Parker High School. Whatley would end up training musicians that would populate some of the largest bands during his teaching tenure. Learn about Fess Whatley and student Erskine Hawkins in this, the first episode of Season 2 of the Alabama Short Stories podcast.

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This is the original recording by Erskine Hawkins and his band.

This version by the Andrew Sisters has lyrics



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