"When Max Youngstein
decided that United Artists Records should have a boogie woogie
album in its catalog, he sent me to scout the clubs all over
New York City for the right piano player. I looked everywhere,
but I couldn't find even one.
"Max pointed his finger at me and said, 'I
found one. You! You can play anything!'
"I said, no way, man! I'm a jazz musician.
Max kept insisting, and finally I said okay, as long as my name
wouldn't be used.
"I came up with the name Whelan Tyme and
the concept for the album cover: 8 beautiful women standing
at a bar. All the tunes on the album are about or named for
The "Boogie-Woogie" boys only got together once --
for the recording date. It was a million-dollar rhythm section
consisting of Osie Johnson, drums; Chet Amsterdam, bass; the
great Count Basie rhythm guitarist, Freddie Green, and myself.