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He started playing piano at the age of six, and later began recording for Victor Records in 1926. For the next twenty years, he recorded several jazz albums and composed songs for a few musicals. His work includes compositions such as "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Jitterbug Waltz", along with covers of pre-existing songs such as "After You've Gone," "Go Down Moses" and "Viper Drag."

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He started playing piano at the age of six, and later began recording for [[Creator/RCARecords Victor Records Records]] in 1926. For the next twenty years, he recorded several jazz albums and composed songs for a few musicals. His work includes compositions such as "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Jitterbug Waltz", along with covers of pre-existing songs such as "After You've Gone," "Go Down Moses" and "Viper Drag."


Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 - December 15, 1943), was an African-American jazz musician.

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Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 - December 15, 1943), 1943) was an African-American jazz musician.



Sadly, his career was cut short in 1943, when he passed away from pneumonia.

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Sadly, his career was cut short in 1943, when he passed away from pneumonia.pneumonia while traveling cross-country via train.


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Thomas Wright Waller, stage name Fats Waller, was an African-American jazz musician who lived from May 21, 1904-December 15, 1941.

He started playing piano at the age of six, and later began recording for Victor Records in 1926. For the next twenty years, he recorded several jazz albums and composed songs for a few musicals. His work includes compositions such as "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Jitterbug Waltz", along with covers of pre-existing songs such as "After You've Gone," "Go Down Moses" and "Viper Drag."

He also appeared in the films ''Film/KingOfBurlesque'', ''Film/HoorayForLove'', and ''Film/StormyWeather''.

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Thomas Wright Waller, stage name Fats Waller, "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 - December 15, 1943), was an African-American jazz musician who lived from May 21, 1904-December 15, 1941.

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He started playing piano at the age of six, and later began recording for Victor Records in 1926. For the next twenty years, he recorded several jazz albums and composed songs for a few musicals. His work includes compositions such as "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Jitterbug Waltz", along with covers of pre-existing songs such as "After You've Gone," "Go Down Moses" and "Viper Drag."

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Sadly, his career was cut short in 1943, when he passed away from pneumonia.

He also appeared in the films ''Film/KingOfBurlesque'', ''Film/HoorayForLove'', and ''Film/StormyWeather''.

His great-grandson, Darren (Born 1992), is a professional football player.


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* YouAreFat: He was nicknamed "Fats" because of his....rotundness.


* YourCheatingHeart: Defied in "Ain't Misbehaving" which is about how the singer remains faithful to his lover even though he feels lonely.

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[[caption-width-right:350:''Ain't misbehavin' / I'm savin' my love for you'']]

->''"Jazz isn't what you do, it's how you do it."''

Thomas Wright Waller, stage name Fats Waller, was an African-American jazz musician who lived from May 21, 1904-December 15, 1941.

He started playing piano at the age of six, and later began recording for Victor Records in 1926. For the next twenty years, he recorded several jazz albums and composed songs for a few musicals. His work includes compositions such as "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Jitterbug Waltz", along with covers of pre-existing songs such as "After You've Gone," "Go Down Moses" and "Viper Drag."

He also appeared in the films ''Film/KingOfBurlesque'', ''Film/HoorayForLove'', and ''Film/StormyWeather''.
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!!Tropes present in Fats Waller's stage persona and his music include:
* BigFun: Waller exuded this image of a performer who is big, fat and entertaining and fun to be around, so much so that his stage name "Fats" was based on it.
* CigarChomper: Downplayed. Waller was sometimes shown with a cigar in his mouth, such as in the image shown here, but more often he didn't have one.
* FunPersonified: He was known for his lively personality on the stage.
* HolyPipeOrgan: He was known for playing jazzy music on the organ, and his work includes two different covers (one [[https://youtu.be/n5f1SubVN1A with his vocals]] and one [[https://youtu.be/QSYT1v7N8cg all instrumental]]) of the spiritual folk tune "Go Down Moses".
* SomethingBlues: Fats had quite a few recordings with this sort of title including ''Basin Street Blues'', ''Birmingham Blues'' and ''Sloppy Water Blues''.
* YourCheatingHeart: Defied in "Ain't Misbehaving" which is about how the singer remains faithful to his lover even though he feels lonely.

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