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Fats Waller collection,

Title
Fats Waller collection, 1932-1943.
Author
Waller, Fats, 1904-1943.
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Oversized folder 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 781 Oversized folder 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 781 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 2Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 781 Box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 3Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 781 Box 3Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 4Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 781 Box 4Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 5Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 781 Box 5Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 6Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 781 Box 6Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

Details

Additional Authors
Ponce, Philip L.
Description
3.4 lin. ft. (5 archival boxes, 1 flat box and 1 oversized folder)
Subjects
Note
  • Complementary collections: Sheet Music Collection; Andy Razaf Papers, Sc MG 35
Additional Formats (note)
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Source (note)
  • Apfelbaum, Charles
Biography (note)
  • Nationally and internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Thomas Wright Waller, "Fats" was regarded as a musical genius who was able to break into the mainstream through his performance work, prolific songwriting and recording, and his radio broadcasts. He is known best for the music he produced in the 1920s with Andy Razaf, among them "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Ain't Misbehavin'," and his scores for musical revues such as "Keep Shufflin" (1928), "Hot Chocolates" (1929), and "Early to Bed" (1943). Waller also appeared in the films "Hooray for Love" (1935) and "King of Burlesque" (1936).
Call Number
Sc MG 781
Author
Waller, Fats, 1904-1943.
Title
Fats Waller collection, 1932-1943.
Summary
The Thomas "Fats" Waller Collection, 1932-1943, is comprised of materials generated and kept by Philip L. Ponce, Inc., Waller's management company during the last ten years of his life and career. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, 1932-1942, and other documentation that provide details of Ponce's business relationship with Waller, e.g. bookings, tours, contracts and other financial matters. Of particular interest are the reports by Waller's road trip managers, Ed Kirkeby and Eddie Melsher. Other materials in the collection include scripts, manuscript and printed scores, 1932-1941; biographical sketches, promotional materials, flyers and playbills, financial papers, 1932-1942; engagement reports and newspaper clippings.
Additional Formats
Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Biography
Nationally and internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Thomas Wright Waller, "Fats" was regarded as a musical genius who was able to break into the mainstream through his performance work, prolific songwriting and recording, and his radio broadcasts. He is known best for the music he produced in the 1920s with Andy Razaf, among them "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Ain't Misbehavin'," and his scores for musical revues such as "Keep Shufflin" (1928), "Hot Chocolates" (1929), and "Early to Bed" (1943). Waller also appeared in the films "Hooray for Love" (1935) and "King of Burlesque" (1936).
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Occupation
Radio Scripts.
Local Subject
Black author.
Added Author
Ponce, Philip L.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 781
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