Fats Waller

Real Name:
Thomas Wright Waller
Profile:
American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer (born 21 May 1904 in Harlem, New York, USA - died 15 December 1943 in a Santa-Fé-Express near Kansas City, Missouri, USA (bronchial pneumonia).

Note: Credits that either are the real surname alone (or misspellings thereof) or include the real forename (or its initial) belong to the real name profile Thomas Waller.

One of the most popular jazz performers of his era.

Thomas Wright Waller was the youngest of four children born to Adaline Locket Waller and the Reverend Edward Martin Waller. He started playing the piano when he was six and graduated to the organ of his father's church four years later. At the age of fourteen he was playing the organ at Harlem's Lincoln Theater and within twelve months he had composed his first rag. Waller's first piano solos ("Muscle Shoals Blues" and "Birmingham Blues") were recorded on October 1922 in Race Records when he was 18 years old.

He was the prize pupil, and later friend and colleague, of stride pianist James P. Johnson. Fats Waller was the son of a preacher and learned to play the organ in church with his mother. Overcoming opposition from his clergyman father, Waller became a professional pianist at 15, working in cabarets and theaters. In 1918 he won a talent contest playing Johnson's "Carolina Shout", a song he learned from watching a player piano play it.

Waller contracted pneumonia and died on a cross country train trip near Kansas City, Missouri on December 15, 1943, after making a final recording session with an interracial group in Detroit that included white trumpeter Don Hirleman. He was on his way back to Hollywood for more film work, after the smash success of "Stormy Weather". Coincidentally, as the train with the body of Waller stopped in Kansas City, so stopped a train with his dear friend Louis Armstrong on board.

Thomas "Fats" Waller was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
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P 75 Fats Waller - Hot Piano album art Earl Hines / "Fats" Waller* / Duke Ellington / Jelly-Roll Morton* Earl Hines / "Fats" Waller* / Duke Ellington / Jelly-Roll Morton* - Hot Piano (Album, Comp) Victor P 75 US 1941 Sell This Version
P 109, P-109 Fats Waller - Waller On The Ivories album art "Fats" Waller* Waller On The Ivories (Album) Victor P 109, P-109 US 1942 Sell This Version
RLP 1022 Fats Waller - The Amazing Mr. Waller (Vol. 2: Jivin' With Fats) album art Fats Waller The Amazing Mr. Waller (Vol. 2: Jivin' With Fats) Riverside Records RLP 1022 US 1953 Sell This Version
RLP 1021 Fats Waller - The Amazing Mr. Waller (Vol. 1: Fats At The Organ) album art Fats Waller The Amazing Mr. Waller (Vol. 1: Fats At The Organ) (Comp) Riverside Records RLP 1021 US 1953 Sell This Version
RLP 1010 Fats Waller - Rediscovered Solos album art Fats Waller Rediscovered Solos Riverside Records RLP 1010 US 1953 Sell This Version
FFLP 1010 Fats Waller - "Fats" Waller And His Rhythm album art "Fats" Waller* "Fats" Waller And His Rhythm(10", Mono) La Voix De Son Maître FFLP 1010 France 1953 Sell This Version
DLP1056 Fats Waller - Rhythm And Romance album art 'Fats' Waller* Rhythm And Romance(10", Mono) His Master's Voice DLP1056 UK 1954 Sell This Version
RLP 12-103 Fats Waller - Rediscovered Early Solos album art Fats Waller Rediscovered Early Solos (Comp) Riverside Records RLP 12-103 US 1955 Sell This Version
LVA 3035 Fats Waller - Young Fats Waller - Early Piano Solos album art Fats Waller Young Fats Waller - Early Piano Solos (Comp) Vault Originals (2), "X", RCA LVA 3035 US 1955 Sell This Version
430 209, F 430.209 Fats Waller - Vol. 4  album art Fats Waller Vol. 4 (Comp) RCA, RCA 430 209, F 430.209 France 1956 Sell This Version
130 247, 130.247 Fats Waller - Fats Waller album art Fats Waller Fats Waller (Comp) RCA Victor, RCA Victor 130 247, 130.247 France 1961 Sell This Version
AR/LP 12012 Fats Waller - On The Air album art Fats Waller On The Air Ariston Records AR/LP 12012 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
OJC-20015 Fats Waller - La Herencia de Fats Waller album art Fats Waller La Herencia de Fats Waller(LP, Mono) Opus Jazz OJC-20015 Argentina 1970 Sell This Version
730.659 Fats Waller - Hitherto Unpublished Piano, Vocal And Conversation (Volume 1) album art Fats Waller Hitherto Unpublished Piano, Vocal And Conversation (Volume 1) RCA Victor 730.659 France 1971 Sell This Version
QSR 2438 Fats Waller - Last Testament 1943 album art Fats Waller Last Testament 1943 Alamac Record Company QSR 2438 US 1972 Sell This Version
CJS 842 Fats Waller - 50,000 Killer-Watts Of Jive album art Fats Waller 50,000 Killer-Watts Of Jive (Album, Comp) Ember Records CJS 842 UK 1973 Sell This Version
REL-ST 19140 Fats Waller - Fats Waller album art Fats Waller Fats Waller(LP) Variety (2) REL-ST 19140 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
LDM 30212 Fats Waller - "Inedits" album art Fats Waller "Inedits"(LP, Album) Vogue LDM 30212 France 1973 Sell This Version
SR 10057 Fats Waller - The Undiscovered Fats Waller album art Fats Waller The Undiscovered Fats Waller(LP, Album) Stanyan Record Co. SR 10057 US 1973 Sell This Version
30 JA 5104, JA 5104 Fats Waller - Original Sessions 1943 album art Fats Waller Original Sessions 1943(LP) Musidisc, Musidisc 30 JA 5104, JA 5104 France 1975 Sell This Version
ESP 155 517 Fats Waller - Au Piano & A L'Orgue Hammond album art Fats Waller Au Piano & A L'Orgue Hammond(LP) Disques Espérance ESP 155 517 France 1975 Sell This Version
ARJ/15012 Fats Waller - The Rarest Fats Waller Volume I album art Fats Waller The Rarest Fats Waller Volume I (Comp) Not On Label ARJ/15012 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
FS 319 Fats Waller - Fats Waller Plays Fats Waller album art Fats Waller Fats Waller Plays Fats Waller(LP, Mono) Everest Records Archive Of Folk & Jazz Music FS 319 US 1976 Sell This Version
73613 Fats Waller - Exceptionnelle Exhibition De Piano 1942 album art Fats Waller Exceptionnelle Exhibition De Piano 1942(LP) Locomotive 73613 France 1977 Sell This Version
CJ-15 Fats Waller - You Fats... Me Jane album art Fats Waller, Jane Harvey Fats Waller, Jane Harvey - You Fats... Me Jane(LP) Classic Jazz CJ-15 US 1978 Sell This Version