News & Rambling

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Fats Waller, American Mozart

Fats Waller (born Thomas Wright Waller on May 21, 1904, died December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, organist, and composer. Widely recognized as a master of stride piano — Waller was one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial success in his homeland and in Europe. A masterful instrumentalist as well as singer, Waller was prolific as a recording artist and bandleader. Despite his litany of credited hits, he is rumored to have written several more standards which he “sold” to other songwriters.

“Joint Is Jumpin'” performed by Fats Waller

Words and Music by Fats Waller, Andy Razaf, J.C. Johnson

“Squeeze Me” performed by Mildred Bailey & Her Alley Cats

Words and Music by Fats Waller & Clarence Williams

“Ain’t Misbehavin'” performed by Sammy Davis, Jr.

Words and Music by Fats Waller & Andy Razaf

“Honeysuckle Rose” performed by Anita O’Day with the Buddy DeFranco Quartet

Words and Music by Fats Waller, Andy Razaf, & Harry Brooks

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