Fats Waller

Fats Waller

by Maurice Waller, Anthony Calabrese

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452956671
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 7 MB

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

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Fats Waller's Unpublished Songs213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

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.