Fats Waller
(1904-1943)

Died aged c. 39

Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer. His innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano. His best-known compositions, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 and 1999.

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Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller 1904-43. The African American composer, pianist, organist, singer, and bandleader known for his humorous performance style lived here between 1943 and 1943. A protégé of James P Johnson (founder of the 'stride' school of jazz piano), and mentor to Count Basie. Waller's rhythmically contagious songs include: Ain't Misbehavin' (1929), Honeysuckle Rose (1929), and Jitterbug Waltz (1942)

173-19 Sayres Avenue Queens, NY 11433, New York, NY, United States where they was

Harrogate Theatre. Opened on 13 January 1900 as the Grand Opera House, designed by F.A. Tugwell, with a fine foyer frieze by Frances Darlington added later, the building was refurbished in the mid 1970s and 2007-9 and is home to theatrical activities that have flourished in Harrogate since the 1760s. Performers who have appeared here include Sarah Bernhardt, Mrs Patrick Campbell, Charlie Chaplin, Sonia Dresdel, Trevor Howard, George Robey, Ellen Terry, Arnold Ridley, Fats Waller, Ken Dodd, Martin Shaw, Ben Kingsley and Eddie Izzard. Home of the White Rose Players 1933-1955.

Oxford Street, Harrogate, United Kingdom where they performed