Fats Waller

Fats Waller

by Maurice Maurice Waller, Anthony Calabrese

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Overview

Here is the intimate, behind-the-scenes story -- told by his son -- of the legendary jazz man Thomas "Fats" Waller. It's as lively as Fats himself, a musical wizard who was famous for his reckless energy, bottomless capacity for food and drink, and prodigious talents as composer, entertainer, and piano stylist.

Fats's story is the story of the Harlem rent parties where jazz flourished in the Twenties, of Tin Pan Alley, "race records," a stormy marriage, some outrageous adventures -- including a hair-raising encounter with Al Capone -- the desperate years of selling songs for the price of a drink, the countless jazz clubs and one-night stands, and the sweet rise to the top.

It's also the story of a generation of jazz legends, Fats's friends: James P. Johnson, who taught Fats the Harlem Stride piano style, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin, Eubie Blake, Eddie Condon, Willie "The Lion" Smith, George Gershwin, and many others.

For convenient reference, a listing of recording dates and personnel is provided.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780028648859
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 6.15(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxix
11864-1904 The Background of the Waller Family1
21914-1919 Fats Discovers Harlem Nightlife11
31919 The Death of Fats' Mother17
41920-1922 Fats Meets James P. Johnson and Willie The Lion Smith25
51922-1924 Fats Marries Edith35
61923-1924 Fats and the Music Publishers49
71924-1926 Fats Meets His Second Wife and Captain Maines55
81927-1928 Fats Writes Keep Shufflin'69
91928-1929 Fats Writes Load of Coal81
101930-1931 Fats Becomes a Recording Regular for RCA93
111932-1933 Fats Goes to Work for WWL105
121934-1936 Fats Makes It to the Top as a Composer and Recording Artist123
131937-1943 Buster Shepherd Remembers the Good and the Bad Times141
141940-1943 Fats at His Peak as a Recording Artist and Songwriter149
15Maurice Remembers His Father163
161943 The Death of Fats175
Recording Dates and Personnel185
Fats Waller's Published Songs209
Fats Waller's Unpublished Songs213
Fats Waller's Piano Rolls217
Song Arrangements219
Index231

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