Ladies & gentleman, Fats Waller!

Musical selection: Jitterbug Waltz
New York, March 16, 1942
The Last Years, 1940-43
Bluebird/RCA 9883-2-RB


The emphasis in this listing is not to provide a complete discography of Fats Waller's prodigious output, but rather to guide viewers of this web site to a selection of his most important, easily accessible recordings, in addition to some recent reissues of Waller rarities.

The most complete set of Waller's recordings available is a 19-volume set on the Jazz Chronological Classics label issued between 1992 and 2000. Of particular interest are volumes 1 and 2 (Classics 664 and 674) covering the years 1922-27 leading up to his Bluebird recordings. The London Suite, excerpts of which are heard on this web site, can be found on Classics 973 and London Sessions (1938-1939) on EMI Pathe/Jazztime 251271-2

The bulk of the best-known recordings by Fats Waller and His Rhythm and his solo work can be found on eight volumes of his Bluebird/BMG Music recordings made between 1927-1943. These include:

Fats Waller and His Buddies [1927-29]. Bluebird 61005 (1992).

The Fats Waller Piano Solos: Turn on the Heat [1927-1941]. Bluebird 2482-2-RB (1991)



Fractious Fingering: The Early Years, Part 3 (1936). Bluebird 66747-2 (1997)

The Middle Years, Part 1 (1936-1938). Bluebird 66083 -2 (1992)

A Good Man Is Hard to Find: The Middle Years, Part 2 (1938-40). Bluebird 66552-2 (1995)

The Last Years (1040-1943). Bluebird 9883-2-RB (1989)


Other rare or unusual Waller recordings can be found on the following compact discs:

Fats At the Organ. ASV Living Era 5007 (1992)

Fine Arabian Stuff. Highnote 7053 (2000)

More Radio Rarities. Jasmine [UK] 2555 (2000)

V-Disc Recordings. Collector's Choice Music 6672 (1999)

Fats Waller: The 1935 Transcriptions. Naxos Jazz Legends, 8.120557 (2001)

Metronome All-Star Bands. Bluebird 7636 (1988)

Fats Waller: Low Down Papa. Biograph BCD 114 (1990)

Thomas "Fats" Waller: Classic Jazz from Rare Piano Rolls. Biograph 104 (1988)

Also See:

Bluebird Jazz Link:

Stephen Taylor Fats Waller Site:

Breakin' the Ice: The Early Years, Part 1 (1934-35). Bluebird 66619-2 (1995)

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down . . . : The Early Years, Part 2 (1935-36). Bluebird 66640-2 (1995)


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