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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 176-200 of 551 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-89763 10-in. 5/9/1935 You're the cutest one Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-89764 10-in. 5/9/1935 I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-89765 10-in. 5/9/1935 Hate to talk about myself Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-92267 10-in. 6/14/1935 Honeysuckle rose Adrian and His Tap Room Gang Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92580 10-in. 7/9/1935 Ain't misbehavin' Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Jack Teagarden Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92915 10-in. 8/2/1935 Truckin' Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-92916 10-in. 8/2/1935 Sugar blues Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-92917 10-in. 8/2/1935 As long as the world goes 'round and 'round (And I go around with you) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-92918 10-in. 8/2/1935 Georgia rockin' chair Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-92919 10-in. 8/2/1935 Brother, seek and ye shall find Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-92920 10-in. 8/2/1935 The girl I left behind me Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-92992 10-in. 8/20/1935 You're so darn charming Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-92993 10-in. 8/20/1935 Woe! Is me Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-92994 10-in. 8/20/1935 Rhythm and romance Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-92995 10-in. 8/20/1935 Loafin' time Herman Autrey ; Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet and talk leader, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BS-92996 10-in. 8/20/1935 A sweet beginning like this Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Victor BS-92997 10-in. 8/20/1935 Got a bran' new suit Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-92998 10-in. 8/20/1935 I'm on the see saw Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-94100 10-in. 8/20/1935 Thief in the night Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-98172 10-in. 11/29/1935 When somebody thinks you're wonderful Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-98173 10-in. 11/29/1935 I've got my fingers crossed Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-98174 10-in. 11/29/1935 Spreadin' rhythm around Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor BS-98175 10-in. 11/29/1935 A little bit Independent Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
Victor BS-98176 10-in. 11/29/1935 You stayed away too long Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-98177 10-in. 11/29/1935 Sweet thing Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, leader  
(Results 176-200 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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