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Fats Waller

Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, violinist, singer, and comedic entertainer. His innovations in the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano. His best-known compositions, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 and 1999. Waller copyrighted over 400 songs, many of them co-written with his closest collaborator, Andy Razaf. Razaf described his partner as "the soul of melody... a man who made the piano sing... both big in body and in mind... known for his generosity... a bubbling bundle of joy". It's possible he composed many more popular songs and sold them to other performers when times were tough.

Waller started playing the piano at the age of six, and became a professional organist aged 15. By the age of 18 he was a recording artist. Waller's first recordings, "Muscle Shoals Blues" and "Birmingham Blues", were made in October 1922 for Okeh Records. That year, he also made his first player piano roll, "Got to Cool My Doggies Now". Waller's first published composition, "Squeeze Me", was published in 1924. He became one of the most popular performers of his era, touring internationally and achieving critical and commercial success in the United States and Europe. He died from pneumonia, aged 39.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 21st, 1904 (New York City), Died Kansas City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, leader, vocalist, composer, pipe organ, songwriter, celeste, arranger, lyricist, organ, director, electric organ, speaker

Notes: Sometimes listed as Thomas Waller or Thomas Wright Waller.

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 551 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-102018 10-in. 6/8/1936 Fractious fingering Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, composer, leader  
Victor BS-102019 10-in. 6/8/1936 Paswonky Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, composer, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-102020 10-in. 6/8/1936 Lounging at the Waldorf Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-102021 10-in. 6/8/1936 Latch on Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-102400 10-in. 8/1/1936 I'm crazy 'bout my baby (And my baby's crazy about me) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, composer, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-102401 10-in. 8/1/1936 I just made up with that old girl of mine Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-102402 10-in. 8/1/1936 Until the real thing comes along Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-102403 10-in. 8/1/1936 There goes my attraction Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-102404 10-in. 8/1/1936 The curse of an aching heart Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-102405 10-in. 8/1/1936 Bye bye, baby Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BVE-[Unnumbered 1927-01-14-01] 10-in. 1/14/1927 I'd like to call you my sweetheart Fats Waller Pipe organ solo instrumentalist, pipe organ  
Victor BS-0339 10-in. 9/9/1936 S'posin Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-0340 10-in. 9/9/1936 Copper colored gal Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-0341 10-in. 9/9/1936 I'm at the mercy of love Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-0342 10-in. 9/9/1936 Floatin' down to Cotton Town Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-0343 10-in. 9/9/1936 La-de-de, la-de-da Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-01801 10-in. 11/29/1936 Hallelujah! Things look rosy now Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-01802 10-in. 11/29/1936 Hallelujah! Things look rosy now Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-01803 10-in. 11/29/1936 'T'ain't good (Like a nickel made of wood) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BS-01804 10-in. 11/29/1936 'T'ain't good (Like a nickel made of wood) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-01805 10-in. 11/29/1936 Swingin' them jingle bells Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-01806 10-in. 11/29/1936 Swingin' them jingle bells Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-01807 10-in. 11/29/1936 A thousand dreams of you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-01808 10-in. 11/29/1936 A thousand dreams of you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-01809 10-in. 11/29/1936 A rhyme for love Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
(Results 226-250 of 551 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waller, Fats," accessed August 9, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.

Waller, Fats. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 9, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.

"Waller, Fats." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 9 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963

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