Thomas Wright " Fats " Waller May 21, — December 15, was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, violinist, singer, and comedic entertainer. His best-known compositions, " Ain't Misbehavin' " and " Honeysuckle Rose ", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in and Razaf described his partner as "the soul of melody Full Moon - Witchery - Dead, Hot And Ready 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 By the age of 18 he was a recording artist. He died from pneumonia, aged One descendant is professional football player Darren Wallerwho is Fats' great-grandson. His mother instructed him in his youth, and he attended other music lessons, paying for them by working in a grocery store.
He was the prize pupil and later the friend and colleague of the stride pianist James P. Waller became one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial success in the United States Krankenhaus Orange 1 - Sascha Müller - Krankenhaus (Orange) Europe.
He was also a prolific songwriter, and many songs he wrote or co-wrote are still popular, such as " Honeysuckle Rose ",  " Ain't Misbehavin' " and " Squeeze Me ". Fellow pianist and composer Oscar Levant dubbed Waller "the black Horowitz ". The song was made famous by Adelaide Hall in the Broadway show Blackbirds of Machlin comments that the Singer conjecture has "considerable [historical] justification".
The anonymous sleeve notes on the RCA Victor album Handful of Keys state that Waller copyrighted over songs, many of them co-written with his closest collaborator, Andy Razaf. After a balance had been taken, we'd just need one take to make a side, unless it was a kind of difficult number. On one occasion his playing seemed to have put him at risk of injury. Waller was kidnapped in Chicago leaving Aint Misbehavin - Fats Waller - Complete Recordings Vol.
1 To 10 (1926-1936) performance in Four men bundled him into a car and took him to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by Al Capone. Waller was ordered inside the building, and found a party in full Various - Electro Juice Vol.2. Gun to his back, he was pushed towards a piano, and told to play.
A terrified Waller realized he was the "surprise guest" at Capone's birthday party, and took comfort that the gangsters did not intend to kill him. It is rumored that Waller stayed at the Hawthorne Inn for three days and left very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips.
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1 To 10 (1926-1936) compositions: "Handful of Keys", "Smashing Thirds", "Numb Fumblin'", and "Valentine Stomp" After sessions with Ted LewisJack Teagarden and Billy Banks ' Rhythmakershe began in May the voluminous series of recordings with a small band known as Fats Waller and his Rhythm.
He enjoyed success touring the United Kingdom and Ireland in the s, appearing on one of the first BBC television broadcasts on September 30, He appeared in several feature films and short subject films, most notably Stormy Weather inwhich was released July 21, just months before his death.
Waller performed Bach organ pieces for small groups on occasion. He influenced many pre- bebop jazz pianists; Count Basie and Erroll Garner have both revived his hit songs. In addition to his playing, Waller was known for his many humorous quips during his performances. Between and the end ofWaller recorded a series of pipe organ solo records.
These represent the first time syncopated jazz compositions were performed on a full-sized church organ. Later in Waller's career, he had the distinction of becoming the first African-American songwriter to compose a hit Broadway musical that was seen by a mostly white audience.
Broadway producer Richard Kollmar 's hiring of Waller to create the musical Early to Bed was recalled in a essay about Waller by John McWhorteran American academic and linguist who is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia Universitywhere he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history.
He is the author of a number of books on language and on race relations. Even as late asthe idea of a black composer writing the score for a standard-issue white show was unheard of.
When Broadway performer and producer Richard Kollmar began planning Early to Bedhis original idea was for Waller to perform in it Aint Misbehavin - Fats Waller - Complete Recordings Vol. 1 To 10 (1926-1936) a comic character, not to write the music.
Waller was, after all, as much a comedian as a musician. Waller's double duty as composer and performer was short-lived. This was typical of Waller, who often sold melodies for quick cash when in his cups.
Waller came to his senses the next day, but Kollmar decided that his drinking habits made him too risky a proposition for eight performances a week.
Six months after the premiere of Early to Bedit was still playing in a Broadway theater; at that point newspapers reported Waller's premature death. In Hatch divorced Waller. Albans, Queensa New York City community with racially restrictive covenants.
Waller contracted pneumonia and died on December 15,while traveling aboard the famous Aint Misbehavin - Fats Waller - Complete Recordings Vol. 1 To 10 (1926-1936) train the Super Chief near Kansas City, Missouri. His final recording session was with an interracial group in DetroitMichiganthat included white trumpeter Don Hirleman.
Waller was returning to New York City from Los Angeles, after the smash success of Stormy Weatherand after a successful engagement at the Zanzibar Roomin Santa Monica, Californiaduring which he had fallen ill. The show and, Nell Carterwon Tony Awards. The show opened at the Longacre Theatre and ran for more than performances. Recordings of Fats Waller were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame which is a special Grammy Award established in to honour recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance".
Probably the most talented pianist to keep the music of "Fats" Waller alive in the years after his death was Ralph Suttonwho focused his career on playing stride piano. Sutton was a great admirer of Waller, saying "I've never heard a piano man swing any better than Fats — or swing a band better than he could.
I never get tired of him. Fats has been with me from the first, and he'll be with me as long as I live. Johnson alive. Inas an year-old, Janis put together a band of aging jazz greats, consisting of James P.
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