Why Famous: Waller was one of the most popular African-American jazz pianists of the 1930s. He began performing and recording in the mid 1920s and continued through to his death in the early 1940s.
In addition to his music, Waller earned fame as a comedic radio performer on shows such as the "Rhythm Club".
His jazz hits include "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Honeysuckle Rose", and "Squeeze Me". The first two of which were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
- 1943-07-21 "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller singing "Ain't Misbehavin'" premieres in the US