Born: May 21, 1904 | Died: December 15, 1943
Jazz music's first organist and one of the giants of piano jazz Thomas Wright Fats Waller was born on May 21, 1904 in Harlem into a musical family. His grandfather was an accomplished violinist and his mother was the church organist. His family had moved to New York City from Virginia in the late 1880s and his father was the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. His first exposure of music was in the form of church hymns and organ music, an instrument that he was taught to play by his mother and the church musical director. The latter introduced him to the works of J.S...
- Fats Waller on the Air 1938 Broadcasts by Ken Dryden