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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 251-275 of 477 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-01810 10-in. 11/29/1936 I adore you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-03840 10-in. 12/24/1936 Havin' a ball Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-03841 10-in. 12/24/1936 I'm sorry I made you cry Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-03842 10-in. 12/24/1936 Who's afraid of love? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-03843 10-in. 12/24/1936 Please keep me in your dreams Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-03844 10-in. 12/24/1936 One in a million Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-03845 10-in. 12/24/1936 Nero Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-04953 10-in. 2/22/1937 The meanest thing you ever did was kiss me Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-06413 10-in. 3/18/1937 Cryin' mood Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-06414 10-in. 3/18/1937 Where is the sun? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-06415 10-in. 3/18/1937 You've been reading my mail Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-06416 10-in. 3/18/1937 To a sweet pretty thing Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-06417 10-in. 3/18/1937 Old plantation Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-06418 10-in. 3/18/1937 Spring cleaning Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07745 10-in. 4/9/1937 You showed me the way Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07746 10-in. 4/9/1937 You showed me the way Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07747 10-in. 4/9/1937 Boo-hoo Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07748 10-in. 4/9/1937 The love bug will bite you (If you don't watch out) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07749 10-in. 4/9/1937 San Anton' Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07750 10-in. 4/9/1937 San Anton' Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07751 10-in. 4/9/1937 I've got a new lease on love Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07752 10-in. 4/9/1937 I've got a new lease on love Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07753 10-in. 4/9/1937 Sweet heartache Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07754 10-in. 4/9/1937 Sweet heartache Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CS-07755 12-in. 4/9/1937 Honeysuckle rose Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 251-275 of 477 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waller, Fats," accessed September 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.

Waller, Fats. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.

"Waller, Fats." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 September 2020.

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

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