FATS WALLER Biography - Musicians


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Name: Thomas Wright Waller                                                                     
Born: May 21, 1904 New York City                                                               
Died: December 15, 1943                                                                         
Fats Waller (born Thomas Wright Waller on May 21, 1904, died December 15, 1943)                 
was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer.                       
A skilled pianist -- widely recognized as a master of stride piano -- Waller was               
one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial                 
success in his homeland and in Europe. Waller was also a prolific songwriter,                   
with many songs he wrote or co-wrote still known to modern audiences, such as "Honeysuckle     
Rose", "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Squeeze Me". Fellow pianist and composer Oscar                 
Levant dubbed Waller "the black Horowitz" in a favorable comparison to Russian                 
pianist Vladimir Horowitz[1] In the 1920s and 30's Waller quickly sold some of                 
his compositions just after they were written, and as they became hits, other                   
songwriters had already claimed them as their own. Some standards are                           
alternatively attributed to Waller, a matter of some debate.