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Fats Waller was a renowned pianist, Jazz singer and organist. Read the biography to know more about his childhood, life, and timeline.
Famous as: Jazz pianist, singer, organist, entertainer
Born on: 21 May 1904 Famous 21st May Birthdays
Zodiac Sign: Taurus Famous Taureans
Born in: New York City
Died on: 01 January 1970
place of death: Kansas City
father: Reverend Edward Martin Waller
mother: Adeline Locket Waller
Works & Achievements: Waller was posthumously conferred the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
awards: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Grammy Hall of Fame Awards
Regarded as one of the greatest pianists in the history of jazz music, Fats Waller was a singer, musician and entertainer of exceptional forte. His amazingly light and flexible touch belies his physical simplicity. Waller initiated the use of pipe organ and Hammond organ in Jazz. Calling the pipe organ as the 'god box', he created a world of joy for the music lovers. That is one of the reasons why he is hailed as a genius even years after his death. As an improviser and composer, there were very rare occasions when his invention flagged, adding paradoxically winsome songs like "Honeysuckle Rose", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now", "Blue Turning Grey Over You" and the extraordinary "Jitterbug Waltz" to the jazz inventory. However, in spite of his exuberance and talent, he is best remembered for his comic personality. Explore more on this musician's life in this biography below.
Awards and Accolades
- The Recordings of Fats Waller were included in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
- A Broadway musical revue that displayed Waller tunes with the title Ain't Misbehavin' was produced in 1978.
FATS WALLER TIMELINE
— Fats Waller was born on 21 May to Edward Waller and Adeline Waller
— Fats won a talent contest performing James P. Johnson’s ‘Carolina shout’.
— Fats moved out of the family due to disagreements regarding his career.
— Waller started his association with Victor, his principal record organization for the rest of his life.
— Waller recorded with Fletcher Henderson orchestra
— He met the poet and lyricist Andy Razaf that led to both collaborating on musicals such as ‘Hot Chocolates’.
— Waller made his Carnegie Hall debut.
— Toured across Paris
— He starred in the film ‘Stormy Weather’
— On December 15, while travelling in a train back to New York, Thomas Fats Waller passed away near Kansas City, due to pneumonia.
— Waller was posthumously recognized by the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pictures of Fats Waller
Videos About Fats Waller
Thomas Morris' Hot Babies, Fats Waller organ - Won't You Take Me Home (1927)
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Fats Waller - (Do You Intend To Put An End To) A Sweet Beginning Like This (1935)
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Ted Lewis and his Band, Thomas 'Fats' Waller vocal - I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (1931)
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Books by Fats Waller