Not merely was Fatty acids Waller one of the biggest pianists jazz has ever known, he was also among its most exuberantly funny entertainers — so when frequently happens, one facet will obscure another. His extraordinarily light and versatile contact belied his enough physical girth; he could golf swing as hard as any pianist alive or deceased in his traditional Wayne P. Johnson-derived stride way, with a robust left hand providing the octaves and tenths inside a tireless, fast, smooth stream. Waller also pioneered the usage of the pipe body organ and Hammond body organ in jazz — he known as the pipe body organ the “God package” — adapting his amazing sense of golf swing towards the pedals along with a staccato correct hand while producing imaginative changes from the registration. Like a composer and improviser, his melodic invention hardly ever flagged, and he added fistfuls of joyous however paradoxically winsome tracks like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,'” “Keepin’ From Mischief Right now,” “Blue Turning Gray Over You” as well as the amazing “Jitterbug Waltz” towards the jazz repertoire. During his life time and later on, though, Excess fat Waller was most widely known to the globe for his outsized comic character and sly vocals, where he’d send out up trashy music that Victor Information produced him record along with his nifty combo, Fatty acids Waller & His Tempo. Yet on just about any of his information, whether the melody can be an evergreen regular or probably the most trite little bit of doggerel a Tin Skillet Alley hack could offer, you might hear an absolute combination of great knockabout laughter, foot-tapping tempo and superb piano playing. Today, the vast majority of Fatty acids Waller’s studio room recordings are available on RCA’s on-again-off-again series THE ENTIRE Fatty acids Waller, which commenced on LPs in 1975 and was still happening through the 1990s. Thomas “Fatty acids” Waller originated from a Harlem home where his dad was a Baptist place preacher and his mom performed piano and body organ. Waller used the piano at age group six, playing within a college orchestra led by Edgar Sampson (of Chick Webb popularity). After his mom passed away when he was 14, Waller shifted into the house of pianist Russell Brooks, where he fulfilled and researched with Adam P. Johnson. Afterwards, Waller also received traditional lessons from Carl Bohm as well as the well-known pianist Leopold Godowsky. After producing his initial record at age group 18 for Okeh in 1922, “Birmingham Blues”/”‘Muscle tissue Shoals Blues,”” he supported various blues performers and proved helpful as home pianist and organist at lease celebrations and in concert halls and night clubs. He begun to attract interest being a composer through the early- and middle-’20s, developing a most productive alliance with lyricist Andy Razaf that led to three Broadway displays in the past due ’20s, Maintain Shufflin’, Weight of Coal, and Warm Chocolates. Waller began making information for Victor in 1926; his most crucial early information for the label had been some brilliant 1929 single piano edges of his personal compositions like “Couple of Keys” and “Smashing Thirds.” After finally putting your signature on a special Victor agreement in 1934, he started the long-running, prolific group of information with His Tempo, which earned him great popularity and produced many strikes, including “Your Feet’s TOO LARGE,” “The Joint Can be Jumpin'” and “I’m Gonna Sit down DOWN and Write Myself a Notice.” He begun to appear in movies like Hooray for Appreciate and King of Burlesque in 1935 while carrying on regular performances on radio that dated back again to 1923. He toured European countries in 1938, produced body organ recordings in London for HMV, and made an appearance on one from the initial tv broadcasts. He came back to London the next springtime to record his most considerable composition, “London Collection” for piano and percussion, and attempt a thorough continental tour (which, alas, was canceled by worries of impending battle with Germany). Well alert to the recognition of big rings within the ’30s, Waller attempted to create his own, however they had been short-lived. In to the 1940s, Waller’s touring routine from the U.S. escalated, he added music to some other musical, Early to Bed, the film looks kept arriving (including a unforgettable stretch out of Stormy Climate where he led an all-star music group that included Benny Carter, Slam Stewart and Zutty Singleton), the recordings continuing to movement, and he continuing to consume and beverage in extremely large quantities. Many years of draining alimony squabbles, plus overindulgence and, without doubt, annoyance over not getting taken more significantly as an musician, began to use the pianist down. Finally, after getting ill throughout a gig on the Zanzibar Area in Hollywood in Dec, 1943, Waller boarded the Santa Fe Key teach for the lengthy trip back again to NY. He never managed to get, dying of pneumonia aboard the teach during a visit Union Place in Kansas Town. Whilst every clown longs to try out Hamlet according to the cliche — and Waller do have so-called severe musical pretensions, longing to check out in George Gershwin’s footsteps and compose concert music — it most likely was not within the credit cards anyway because of the racial obstacles of the 1st fifty percent of the 20th hundred years. Besides, given the actual fact that Waller affected a long type of pianists of and after his period, including Count number Basie (who analyzed with Fat), Teddy Wilson, Artwork Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and countless others, his effect continues to be truly profound.
Full Name Fats Waller
Date Of Birth May 21, 1904
Died December 15, 1943, Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Profession Actor, Comedian, Singer, Organist, Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist
Education DeWitt Clinton High School
Parents Edward Martin Waller, Adeline Locket Waller
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical
Music Songs Ain't Misbehavin', Honeysuckle Rose, The Joint Is Jumpin', Your Feet's Too Big, It's a Sin to Tell a Lie, Handful of Keys, Viper's Drag, Two Sleepy People, Lulu's Back In Town, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Jitterbug Waltz, I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby, Carolina Shout, Black and Blue, I Ain't Got Nobody, The Minor Drag, Valentine Stomp, When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful, Blue Turning Grey Over You, My Very Good Friend the Milkman, I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling, African Ripples, Smashing Thirds, Everybody Loves My Baby, Don't Let It Bother You, I've Got My Fingers Crossed, A Little Bit Independent, Clothes Line Ballet, Somebody Stole My Gal, Lenox Avenue Blues, The Curse Of An Aching Heart, Gladyse
Albums Fats Waller: Ain't Misbehavin, Fats Waller in London, Early Jazz (Remastered), Fats At His Best, Fats Waller Rhythms - Vol. 2, Vol. 6 Of The Complete Recorded Works A, Fats Waller Selected Favorites Volume 18, Vintage Jazz No. 160 - LP: Fats Waller, Ellington: Le Giant De La Chanson Mondiale (30 Essentials Hits), 50,000 Killer Watts Of Jive, Then You'll Remember Me, Timeless Jazz: Fats Waller, Vol. 1, Lulu's Back In Town, Highway Jazz - Fats Waller, Vol. 1, The Essential Fats Waller, Fats Waller: Only The Best (Remastered Version), Jazz Swing and Rhythm, Vol. 1 (Remastered), Misbehavin' Again, By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, Fats Waller: The Joint is Jumpin',His Great Piano Solo's, Fats Waller Vol. 9, Fats Waller Vol. 6, Rarities, Fats Waller Selected Favorites Volume 9, Fats Waller Selected Favorites Volume 19, Complete Jazz Series 1934 - 1935, Fats Waller The Complete Associated Transcription Sessions 1935-39, Dream Man, Fats Waller & his Rhythm, Vol. 1: 1934-1936 (Jazz Archives No. 227), The Complete Thomas Fats Waller And His Rhythm 1934 - 1943, Vol.2-1935, The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful Of Keys, CD A, Moppin´ And Boppin´, Fats Waller Vol. 8, Introducing….Fats Waller Vol 2, Fats Waller Vol. 10, Legends, Fats Waller Selected Favorites, Vol. 1, Complete Jazz Series 1929 - 1934, Portrait Of An Artist, 1934-1943 - Ain't Misbehavin, Anthology, Fats Waller Selected Hits Vol. 7, Fats Waller Selected Favorites Volume 10, On-Air Sessions - 1938, Fats Waller Selected Favorites Volume 7, Fats Waller Selected Hits Vol. 2, Happy Birthday Fats Vol. 1, Sings the Blues, One Never Knows, Do One?, If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It!, The Amazing Mr Waller
Nominations Mastercard Best New Musical
Movies Eraserhead, Snip
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
Son of a Baptist minister.
His nickname came about because he weighed nearly 300 pounds. His weight and extreme drinking habits are believed to been contributors to his death. Waller died of pneumonia aboard an eastbound train in the vicinity of Kansas City, Missouri, following a West Coast engagement.
So popular was he that one evening in Chicago in 1926, he was kidnapped by four henchmen and driven to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by infamous gangster Al Capone. He found out he was the "surprise entertainment" for Capone's birthday party!
Before his solo career, he played with many performers, from Erskine Tate to Bessie Smith.
Jazz pianist and vocalist.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1989.
My First Apartamento: Peter Shire
Documentary short writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited
Besar-te com un home
Short performer: "This Is So Nice It Must Be Illegal"
Florence Foster Jenkins
performer: "Take It Easy"
Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past
Documentary writer: "Keeping Out of Mischief Now"
writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller
Short writer: "Honeysuckle Rose"
TV Series music - 1 episode
The Little Prince
performer: "Don't Let It Bother you"
TV Movie writer: "What Did I Do To Be So Black and Blue" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller
Marcus Finds a Voice
Short performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody"
Video short performer: "Monday Morning", "You Can't Be Mine and Someone Else's Too"
The Great Gatsby
writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller
Mob Short: An Inconvenient Affair
Short writer: "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN"
The Good Wife
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Stories We Tell
Documentary writer: "Ain't Misbehavin" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller
Beasts of the Southern Wild
performer: "It Will Have To Do Until the Real Thing Comes Along"
The Big Something
performer: "Abdullah", "By the Light of the Silv'ry Moon"
TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
performer: "Twenty-Four Robbers"
Jussi i våra hjärtan
Documentary writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Come on and stomp, stomp, stomp"
Video Game "COME ON AND STOMP, STOMP, STOMP"
An Evening with Eartha Kitt
TV Movie documentary music: "Ain't Misbehavin'"
He's Just Not That Into You
writer: "The Jitterbug Waltz" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon
Documentary lyrics: "The Joint Is Jumpin'" / music: "The Joint Is Jumpin'"
Sita Sings the Blues
music: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling"
Be Kind Rewind
performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "Your Feets Too Big" / writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller
The Bucket List
writer: "I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited
Sarah Vaughan: Live in '58 & '64
Video music: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Movie
TV Movie writer: "Intermission Music" - uncredited
TV Series 1 episode, 2004 writer - 2 episodes, 1985 - 1999 music - 1 episode, 2007
writer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller
King of California
performer: "Let's Pretend There's A Moon"
All the King's Men
writer: "If It Ain't Love" - as Thomas Waller
performer: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
The White Countess
music: "That Rhythm Man" 1929 - as Thomas Waller
The Notorious Bettie Page
performer: " Do You Intend to Put an End to A Sweet Beginning Like This"
The Perfect Man
writer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller
writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'"
music: "Ain't Cha Glad" 1933 - as Thomas Waller
Around the Bend
writer: "Hi Ho Silver"
The Human Stain
music: "Honeysuckle Rose" 1929 - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller
writer: "Honeysuckle Rose"
performer: "London Suite - Limehouse", "Your Feets Too Big" / writer: "London Suite - Limehouse", "Your Feets Too Big"
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
Video Game writer: "Honeysuckle Rose"
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
music: "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now" 1932 - as Thomas "Fats" Waller
TV Series music - 1 episode
Kate & Leopold
writer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - as Thomas Waller
The Cat's Meow
writer: "Wild Cat Blues" 1923 - as Thomas "Fats" Waller
Town & Country
music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" 1929 - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller
The Legend of Bagger Vance
performer: "My Best Wishes"
My Dog Skip
writer: "Old Yazoo"
The Story of Us
writer: "Keepin' Out Of Mishchief Now" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller
Snow Falling on Cedars
performer: "I Used to Love You But It's All Over Now"
The Cider House Rules
writer: "Alligator Crawl" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller
writer: "All That Meat and No Potatoes" 1941 - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller
Dancing at Lughnasa
writer: "I'm More Than Satisfied" 1927
TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 1989 - 1997 music - 1 episode, 1989
performer: "You're My Dish"
Cold Comfort Farm
TV Movie writer: "I'm More Than Satisfied" - as Waller