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Thomas “Fats” Waller was a legendary stride pianist, a wildly entertaining comedic singer, and the composer of such classic melodies as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and hundreds more. This is the intimate, behind-the-scenes story of his exuberant life, as told by his son, Maurice Waller. The public knew him as a charming, rascally, and effervescent showman. Friends like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin knew him as a serious piano stylist and composer. Maurice Waller reveals the rarely seen side of Fats as a family man, struggling to juggle domestic affairs with the demands of being one of the era’s busiest jazz men. From his earliest days as a child prodigy to his wild nights playing Harlem rent parties to his appearances on stages around the world and his eventual commercial success, it’s all here. Few stories capture the frenetic energy of the age quite as well as the life story of this rollicking, hard living jazz icon.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Maurice Waller and Anthony Calabrese
  3. pp. xix-xx
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  1. 1. 1864-1904 The Background of the Waller Family
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. 1914-1919 Fats Discovers Harlem Nightlife
  2. pp. 11-16
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  1. 3. 1919 The Death of Fats' Mother
  2. pp. 17-24
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  1. 4. 1920-1922 Fats Meets James P. Johnson and Willie The Lion Smith
  2. pp. 25-34
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  1. 5. 1922-1924 Fats Marries Edith
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. 6. 1923-1924 Fats and the Music Publishers
  2. pp. 49-54
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  1. 7. 1924-1926 Fats Meets His Second Wife and Captain Maines
  2. pp. 55-68
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  1. 8. 1927-1928 Fats Writes Keep Shufflin'
  2. pp. 69-80
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  1. 9. 1928-1929 Fats Writes Load of Coal
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. 10. 1930-1931 Fats Becomes a Recording Regular for RCA
  2. pp. 93-104
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  1. 11. 1932-1933 Fats Goes to Work for WWL
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. 12. 1934-1936 Fats Makes It to the Top as a Composer and Recording Artist
  2. pp. 123-140
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  1. 13. 1937-1943 Buster Shepherd Remembers the Good and the Bad Times
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. 14. 1940-1943 Fats at His Peak as a Recording Artist and Songwriter
  2. pp. 149-162
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  1. 15. Maurice Remembers His Father
  2. pp. 163-174
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  1. 16. 1943 The Death of Fats
  2. pp. 175-184
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  1. Recording Dates and Personnel
  2. pp. 185-208
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  1. Fats Waller's Published Songs
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Fats Waller's Unpublished Songs
  2. pp. 213-216
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  1. Fats Waller's Piano Rolls
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. Song Arrangements
  2. pp. 219-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-235
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  1. About the Authors
  2. p. 236
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452957135
Related ISBN
9781517903916
MARC Record
OCLC
1005554666
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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