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 December 15th, 1943 (Kansas City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1948
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, leader, vocalist, composer, songwriter, pipe organ, director, celeste, arranger, organ, lyricist, electric organ, speaker
Notes: Sometimes listed as Thomas Waller or Thomas Wright Waller.
Recordings (Results 626-650 of 652 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E36501||10-in.||3/23/1931||I’m crazy ‘bout my baby (And my baby’s crazy ‘bout me)||Casa Loma Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E36804||10-in.||6/11/1931||Six or seven times||Cab Calloway Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E36912||10-in.||7/8/1931||It’s you||Boswell Sisters ; Dorsey Brothers Orchestra||Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E17612-E17615||10-in.||1/21/1926||Chinese blues||The Original Memphis Five||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E23633-E23635||10-in.||6/15/1927||Alligator crawl||Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E30421-E30422||10-in.||7/31/1929||Can’t we get together?||Hotsy Totsy Gang ; Irving Mills||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E30423-E34024||10-in.||7/31/1929||Sweet Savannah Sue||Hotsy Totsy Gang ; Irving Mills||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E31441-E31442||10-in.||Nov. 1929||My fate is in your hands||Meyer Davis Hotel Astor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E36907-E36907||10-in.||7/6/1931||Take it from me (I’m takin’ to you)||Casa Loma Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Edison||18240||10-in.||2/16/1928||I'm more than satisfied||Duke Yellman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||18922||10-in.||12/6/1928||I've got a feeling I'm falling||Duke Yellman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Edison||19161||10-in.||4/17/1929||I've got a feeling I'm falling||Vaughn De Leath ; Muriel Pollock||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||N-615||10-in.||12/6/1928||I've got a feeling I'm falling||Duke Yellman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Edison||N-860||10-in.||4/17/1928||I've got a feeling I'm falling||Vaughn De Leath||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||N-1084||10-in.||8/22/1929||Ain't misbehavin'||Golden Gate Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Gramophone||0LA1742||10-in.||4/28/1937||Honeysuckle rose||Coleman Hawkins All-Star Jam Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Gramophone||0EA6383||10-in.||8/21/1938||Don't try your jive on me||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and organ solo||leader, instrumentalist, organ, vocalist|
|Gramophone||0EA6384||10-in.||8/21/1938||Ain't misbehavin'||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer, leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, organ|
|Gramophone||0EA6385||10-in.||8/28/1938||Swing low, sweet chariot||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||instrumentalist, pipe organ, arranger|
|Gramophone||0EA6386||10-in.||8/28/1938||All God's chillun got wings||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||instrumentalist, pipe organ, arranger|
|Gramophone||0EA6387||10-in.||8/28/1938||Go down, Moses||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||instrumentalist, pipe organ, arranger|
|Gramophone||0EA6388||10-in.||8/28/1938||Deep river||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||instrumentalist, pipe organ, arranger|
|Gramophone||0EA6389||10-in.||8/28/1938||Water boy||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||instrumentalist, pipe organ, arranger|
|Gramophone||0EA6390||10-in.||8/28/1938||Lonesome road||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||instrumentalist, pipe organ, arranger|
|Vocalion||E7367||10-in.||6/13/1928||I’m more than satisfied||The Original Memphis Five||Jazz/dance band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waller, Fats," accessed June 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.
Waller, Fats. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.
"Waller, Fats." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 June 2021.
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