Thomas “Fats” Waller was a legendary stride pianist, a wildly entertaining comedic singer, and the composer of such classic melodies as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and hundreds more. This is the intimate, behind-the-scenes story of his exuberant life, as told by his son, Maurice Waller. The public knew him as a charming, rascally, and effervescent showman. Friends like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin knew him as a serious piano stylist and composer. Maurice Waller reveals the rarely seen side of Fats as a family man, struggling to juggle domestic affairs with the demands of being one of the era’s busiest jazz men. From his earliest days as a child prodigy to his wild nights playing Harlem rent parties to his appearances on stages around the world and his eventual commercial success, it’s all here. Few stories capture the frenetic energy of the age quite as well as the life story of this rollicking, hard living jazz icon.
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About the Author
Maurice Waller (1927–1989) was a composer, pianist, and the son of legendary musician Fats Waller.
Anthony Calabrese (1938–1996) was a freelance writer, journalist, and film producer.
Michael Lipskin is a veteran stride pianist and former protégé of Harlem jazz master Willie “the Lion” Smith.
Table of Contents
|1||1864-1904 The Background of the Waller Family||1|
|2||1914-1919 Fats Discovers Harlem Nightlife||11|
|3||1919 The Death of Fats' Mother||17|
|4||1920-1922 Fats Meets James P. Johnson and Willie The Lion Smith||25|
|5||1922-1924 Fats Marries Edith||35|
|6||1923-1924 Fats and the Music Publishers||49|
|7||1924-1926 Fats Meets His Second Wife and Captain Maines||55|
|8||1927-1928 Fats Writes Keep Shufflin'||69|
|9||1928-1929 Fats Writes Load of Coal||81|
|10||1930-1931 Fats Becomes a Recording Regular for RCA||93|
|11||1932-1933 Fats Goes to Work for WWL||105|
|12||1934-1936 Fats Makes It to the Top as a Composer and Recording Artist||123|
|13||1937-1943 Buster Shepherd Remembers the Good and the Bad Times||141|
|14||1940-1943 Fats at His Peak as a Recording Artist and Songwriter||149|
|15||Maurice Remembers His Father||163|
|16||1943 The Death of Fats||175|
|Recording Dates and Personnel||185|
|Fats Waller's Published Songs||209|
|Fats Waller's Unpublished Songs||213|
|Fats Waller's Piano Rolls||217|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had been entranced by Fats Music when I first heard his music on the Ken Burns series not realizing that his talent went far past his piano playing singing. Also my father like Fats grew up in Harlem and both shared similarities of being overweight, witty and intelligent. In fact my dad also played an instrument in his youth. Therefore I have since 1988 considered Fats as a spiritual second father. Also both men had their vices that brought them to a premature death. This book informative, lively and touching. It not only discusses his impressive career but his family life that is virtually impossible outside of this book. The book brings out his humble, creative, fair, kind and proud nature that prevented him to accept or tolerate injustices.