Song of the Day: Fats Waller, “Jitterbug Waltz”

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and entertainer Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller was born on this day in 1904. He was an innovator in "stride style" piano which laid the foundation for modern jazz piano. He plays organ here on 1942’s "Jitterbug Waltz," which has been covered by a number of artists, including Al Hirt, Errol Garner, Chet Atkins, Vince Guaraldi, and Django Reinhardt.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Fats Waller, “Jitterbug Waltz”

  1. Hi John – another interesting song to listen to … I’m enjoying the memories. Music history has so many aspects .. thanks for sharing – cheers Hilary


    1. I was pretty bad in history in school, but there are areas where I love it: music history, baseball history, Chicago history, architectural history etc.


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