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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛[[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 "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an African-American jazz musician.˛He started playing piano at the age of six, and later began recording for [[Creator/RCARecords 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." ˛˛Sadly, his career was cut short in 1943, when he passed away from pneumonia while traveling cross-country via train. ˛˛He also appeared in the films ''Film/KingOfBurlesque'', ''Film/HoorayForLove'', and ''Film/StormyWeather''. ˛˛His great-grandson, Darren (Born 1992), is a professional football player. ˛˛----˛!!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 [[ with his vocals]] and one [[ 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''. ˛* YouAreFat: He was nicknamed "Fats" because of his....rotundness. ˛----


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