Sat Nov 6 19:55:07 EST 2004
P.W. Fenton wrote:
> A great article about Fats Waller in the San Francisco Chronical...
> 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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