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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 151-175 of 551 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-88777 10-in. 3/6/1935 I ain't got nobody Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-88778 10-in. 3/6/1935 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-88779 10-in. 3/6/1935 Whose honey are you? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-88780 10-in. 3/6/1935 Whose honey are you? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-88781 10-in. 3/6/1935 Rosetta Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-88782 10-in. 3/6/1935 Rosetta Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-88783 10-in. 3/6/1935 Pardon my love Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-88784 10-in. 3/6/1935 What's the reason (I'm not pleasin' you) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BS-88785 10-in. 3/6/1935 What's the reason (I'm not pleasin' you) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-88786 10-in. 3/6/1935 Cinders Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-88787 10-in. 3/6/1935 (Oh Suzanna) Dust off that old pianna Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-88989 10-in. 6/24/1935 Dinah Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-88990 10-in. 6/24/1935 Take it easy Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-88991 10-in. 6/24/1935 You're the picture (I'm the frame) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-88992 10-in. 6/24/1935 My very good friend the milkman Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-88993 10-in. 6/24/1935 Blue because of you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-88994 10-in. 6/24/1935 There's going to be the devil to pay Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-88995 10-in. 6/24/1935 12th Street rag Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-88996 10-in. 6/24/1935 There'll be some changes made Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-88997 10-in. 6/24/1935 Somebody stole my gal Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-88998 10-in. 6/24/1935 Sweet Sue Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BS-89543 10-in. 4/10/1935 Honeysuckle rose Joe Haymes Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-89760 10-in. 5/9/1935 Lulu's back in town Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-89761 10-in. 5/9/1935 Sweet and slow Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-89762 10-in. 5/8/1935 You've been taking lessons in love (From somebody new) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 151-175 of 551 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waller, Fats," accessed August 11, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.

Waller, Fats. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 11, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101963.

"Waller, Fats." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 11 August 2020.

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

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