Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, and singer. His innovations in the Harlem stride style laid much of the basis 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 is likely that he composed many more popular songs than he has been credited with: when in financial difficulties he had a habit of selling songs to other writers and performers who claimed them as their own.
Waller started playing the piano at the age of six and became a professional organist at 15. By the age of 18, he was a recording artist. He was a prolific songwriter, and 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.
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, leader, vocalist, composer, songwriter, pipe organ, director, celeste, arranger, organ, electric organ, lyricist, speaker
Notes: Sometimes listed as Thomas Waller or Thomas Wright Waller.
= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 676-692 of 692 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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 [California Ramblers]||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||arranger, instrumentalist, pipe organ|
|Gramophone||0EA6386||10-in.||8/28/1938||All God's chillun got wings||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||arranger, instrumentalist, pipe organ|
|Gramophone||0EA6387||10-in.||8/28/1938||Go down, Moses||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||arranger, instrumentalist, pipe organ|
|Gramophone||0EA6388||10-in.||8/28/1938||Deep river||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||arranger, instrumentalist, pipe organ|
|Gramophone||0EA6389||10-in.||8/28/1938||Water boy||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||arranger, instrumentalist, pipe organ|
|Gramophone||0EA6390||10-in.||8/28/1938||Lonesome road||Fats Waller||Pipe organ solo||arranger, instrumentalist, pipe organ|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WL2340||10-in.||6/14/1930||Mon sort est dans vos mains||Costica Bagiac ; Lucienne Boyer ; Orchestre Costica Bagiac||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CL7086||10-in.||6/1/1939||Honeysuckle rose||Orchestre Victor ; Boris Sarbek ; Gus Viseur||Instrumental ensemble, with accordion solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waller, Fats," accessed December 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.
Waller, Fats. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.
"Waller, Fats." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 December 2023.
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