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 451-475 of 572 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W149469||10-in.||11/4/1929||My fate is in your hands||Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W149639||10-in.||1/3/1930||What makes me love you so?||The Seven Gallon Jug Band||Jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Columbia||W149665||10-in.||12/3/1929||Zonky||Clarence Williams’ Jazz Kings||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W149690||10-in.||12/6/1929||Wipe 'em off||The Seven Gallon Jug Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo(s)||vocalist|
|Columbia||W149707||10-in.||12/10/1929||My fate is in your hands||Paul Small||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||composer|
|Columbia||W149774||10-in.||1/16/1930||Blue, turning grey over you||Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W149775||10-in.||1/17/1930||Blue, turning grey over you||Barney Trimble and his Oklahomans ; Irving Kaufman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W149932||10-in.||1/29/1930||Gone||Charlie Lawman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||W149950||10-in.||1/31/1930||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue?||Mills Merry Makers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W149971||10-in.||2/6/1930||Find out what they like (And how they like it)||Lena Wilson||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W149986||10-in.||2/14/1930||Gone||Sam Lanin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W150160||10-in.||4/1/1930||(What did I do to be so) Black and blue||Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150455||10-in.||4/10/1930||Rollin' down the river||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150475||10-in.||4/17/1930||Rollin' down the river||Jim Andrews ; Golden Gate Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150997||10-in.||12/2/1930||Keep a song in your soul||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W151396||10-in.||3/5/1931||I'm crazy 'bout my baby (And my baby's crazy 'bout me||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist, composer|
|Columbia||W151397||10-in.||3/6/1931||Dallas blues||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W151398||10-in.||3/6/1931||Royal Garden blues||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W151417||10-in.||3/13/1931||I'm crazy 'bout my baby (And my baby's crazy 'bout me)||Fats Waller||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Columbia||W151418||10-in.||3/13/1931||Draggin' my heart around||Fats Waller||Male vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano, vocalist|
|Columbia||W151426||10-in.||3/16/1931||I'm crazy 'bout my baby (And my baby's crazy 'bout me)||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W151658||10-in.||6/30/1931||Take it from me (I'm takin' to you)||The Sunshine Boys||Male vocal duet||composer|
|Columbia||W151827||10-in.||10/5/1931||Concentratin'||California Ramblers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W151839||10-in.||10/14/1931||You rascal you||Jack Teagarden Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W151840||10-in.||10/14/1931||That's what I like about you||Jack Teagarden Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waller, Fats," accessed September 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.
Waller, Fats. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.
"Waller, Fats." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 September 2020.
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