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Fats Waller

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller

Full Name: Thomas Wright Waller
Profession: Jazz Musician and Songwriter

United States of America

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.

Born: May 21, 1904
Birthplace: New York City, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: December 15, 1943 (aged 39)
Cause of Death: Bronchial pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 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