Fats Waller: The Cheerful Little Earful

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Continuum, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
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Fats Waller (1904-1943) was an outsize man in all respects: five feet eleven inches tall, he weighed 285 pounds. He was the greatest of the Harlem stride pianists, he composed hundreds of songs, he led a band which made over 400 recordings and he wrote several Broadway shows. Waller is seen by jazz historians as a man of immense musical talent which was never fulfilled, in the interests of his career as a popular and humorous entertainer. In this fully revised and updated biography of Waller, Alyn Shipton re-examines his career, arguing that his talents as a songwriter, show composer and brilliant recording and broadcasting artist have not been fully appreciated. A new final chapter, provides a comprehensive survey of Waller's recordings as they have been reissued for the CD era.

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Early Life in Harlem
The Musical Theater
The Rhythm and the Big Band

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About the author (2002)

Alyn Shipton presents jazz programs for the BBC in London, and is also a jazz critic for The London Times. For many years he was a music publisher, seeing into print the autobiographies of numerous jazz musicians including Barney Bigard, Buck Clayton, Andy Kirk and Rex Stewart. He has written
biographies of Fats Waller and Bud Powell, and has edited the memoirs of Danny Barker and Doc Cheatham. He lives in the UK.

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