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He Did What He Had No Business Doing

The Story of Art Tatum


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  • What an inspiration!
  • That a great article on the power of stepping outside our physical limitations and making the world a better place.
    Love your article (LOVE Art Tatum and jazz....) another inspiration is Django Rheinhardt and The Hot Club de Paris. He did amazing runs etc on guitar, with only 3 fingers on his left hand. We have a festival in the NW (Djangofest) where musicians of all levels come to play. Could you write about him too, please? Self taught as well - but, as with everything including losing weight, it takes a bit of practice and dedication.
  • Great article!! Thanks for sharing!
  • Did this article fail to mention Art Tatum comes from the Black American community? Something about this article makes a talented person sound like a performing circus freak. As I said first, the article seems to marginalise the community Mr. Tatum is from. The same community I am from.
  • Absolutely awesome. Totally and absolutely awesome!
  • I love this story!!
    Thanks for sharing it.
  • Wow ! Does that make me pause & reflect . I'm very thankful to Spark People for helping us see the world in another perception that our own.
  • So true. SP is teaching us every day this is not only a possibility but a fact.
  • Sometimes the Universe gives you exactly what you need when you need it - I was feeling very down this morning because I've been coping with a seemingly impossible situation... this story has made me hopeful again. Thank you very much for sharing.
  • So inspiring... I have goosebumps!
  • Very moving and inspirational!
  • Thank you for sharing this much enjoyed article!! Makes you think life is really that simple:


  • "What he had no business doing" has nothing to do with his color and everything to do with his handicap.

    I am so moved by this article. What an inspiration! It is so true that there are no limits to what can be done when limits set by man are taken out of the way and the human spirit is allowed to soar. Thank you for sharing this story.
    What a determined , talented person. A true inspiration. It doesn't matter where you come from or what physical limitations you have ,the message is, you can succeed.
    What an amazing article.

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