Fats Waller

Joel Fritz willie_mctell@comcast.net
Sat Nov 6 19:55:07 EST 2004

P.W. Fenton wrote:
> A great article about Fats Waller in the San Francisco Chronical...
> http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/11/05/DDGJR9KPG71.DTL&type=music
> P.W. Fenton
> New Port Richey, FL
> http://BluesLand.Net - A comprehensive network of Blues related resources

I read it this morning--the Chron is the paper I take.  I enjoyed it
thoroughly.  Didn't realize this was his centennial.  Seems to me it's
more important than the recent election.  The festivities should have
started Jan 1 and carried on all year.

If he'd never sung a note he probably still would have had the same
reputation as a jazz musician, although he was a fine jazz singer.  He
had an unmistakable sound on the piano and made impossible things sound
simple and effortless.   He came from a generation where musician and
entertainer were more or less synonymous.  I imagine he thought of his
classical organ playing as art and the rest as what he did to make a living.

Trivia question:  What did Fats Waller have for breakfast?

"Skip it."--Fats Waller

Hear Barrelhouse Solly--that's me--on the web.

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