This book documents Fats Waller's on-air appearances from his first known broadcast in 1923 at age nineteen, to the final airing before his premature death in 1943. The broadcasts are covered in detail with dates, times, songs played, and other artists who appeared on the programs. Through descriptions from contemporary newspapers and magazines, accounts from individuals who were in attendance, and remarks by radio announcers from original transcripts, Fats Waller on the Air provides historical perspective and a sense of the character and feel of the broadcasts. The book also offers a timechart of early sound recording and previously unpublished photographs. A fully revised Discography covers 78 and 45 rpm issues, transcriptions, Lps, CDs, and DVDs.

Published by Scarecrow Press in 2006
No.50 in the Studies In Jazz series
ISBN 0-8108-5656-5

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"Additions and Corrections" update

Since publication of Fats Waller on the Air in 2006 I have continued to collect additional information and corrections in an update file which also includes colour photographs, newspaper advertisements, and a listing of animated cartoons featuring Fats. This updated information is now becoming quite voluminous, reaching 84 pages of new material. The date of the update is given at the end of the file, and the updates are cumulative, meaning that earlier versions can be discarded. I hope to be able to update the file on an intermittent basis, so check back here regularly!

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This update is dated 19 February 2020
Additions and Corrections File


Fats Waller Discography

If you have already bought the book, or have access to a library copy, I can offer the latest updated Fats Waller Ultimate Discography at a discount price of US$8 only (50% off the normal price of US$16). Just pay by PayPal with the following link or send me an email with the first word on page 70 in the book.

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"Fats" In Fact book update

Since the publication in 1992 of "Fats" In Fact [Storyville Publications, England], an excellent bio-discography of Fats Waller by Laurie Wright, I have kept a scrapbook"Additions and Corrections" file for the book. Although some of the updates are duplicated elsewhere, the file may be of interest to those who have Laurie's book, or of general interest, and may be downloaded in Adobe PDF format using the following link.

This update is dated 8 September 2019
"Fats" In Fact Additions and Corrections