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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 276-300 of 477 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-09884 10-in. 12/16/1937 Every day's a holiday Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-09885 10-in. 12/16/1937 Neglected Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-09886 10-in. 12/16/1937 My window faces the South Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-09887 10-in. 12/16/1937 Am I in another world? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-09888 10-in. 12/16/1937 Why do Hawaiians sing aloha Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-09889 10-in. 12/16/1937 My first impression of you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010647 10-in. 6/11/1937 (You know it all) Smarty Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010648 10-in. 6/11/1937 Don't you know or don't you care Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010649 10-in. 6/11/1937 Lost love Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010650 10-in. 6/11/1937 I'm gonna put you in your place (And your place is in my arms) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor CS-010651 12-in. 6/9/1937 Blue turning grey over you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010652 10-in. 6/9/1937 Keepin' out of mischief now Fats Waller Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010653 10-in. 6/11/1937 Star dust Fats Waller Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010654 10-in. 6/11/1937 Basin Street blues Fats Waller Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010655 10-in. 6/11/1937 Tea for two Fats Waller Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-010656 10-in. 6/11/1937 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Fats Waller Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-013344 10-in. 9/7/1937 You've got me under your thumb Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-013345 10-in. 9/7/1937 Beat it out Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-013346 10-in. 9/7/1937 Our love was meant to be Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-013347 10-in. 9/7/1937 I'd rather call you baby Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-013348 10-in. 9/7/1937 I'm always in the mood for you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-013349 10-in. 9/7/1937 She's tall, she's tan, she's terrific Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-013350 10-in. 9/7/1937 You're my dish Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-013351 10-in. 9/7/1937 More power to you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-014645 10-in. 10/7/1937 How can I? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 276-300 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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