His brio was contagious. His exuberance was infectious. His genius was serious. Yet he was better for your health than a fistful of vitamins. His name was Thomas “Fats” Waller. Today is his birthday.
Waller was born in NYC on May 21, 1904. By the time this multi-talented jazzman/entertainer died tragically young in 1943, he had become one of the music world’s most popular personalities and song writers. Among his many compositions are such standards as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Honeysuckle Rose, and I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling. Some of my personal Waller favorites may not be standards, but deserve to be: Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now, How Can You Face Me, My Heart’s At Ease, Ain’tcha Glad — dozens more.
Simply put, I love this guy….and I would not only like to celebrate his birthday with something to remember him by on this day, but on each day until International Jazz Day on May 24. Give a look/listen — The Joint is Jumpin’: