Born Thomas Wright Waller.
He laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, but he was also an excellent entertainer.
He was so famous and fabulous that in 1926, that he was actually kidnapped to play at one of Al Capone's birthday parties.
With so many wonderful songs, it was hard to pick one, so I chose two.
"Ain't Misbehavin'" 1929
Written by Fats Waller, Harry Brooks (music), and Andy Razaf (lyrics)
Sung here in 1943:
"Until the Real Thing Comes Along" 1937
Words and music by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, and L.E. Freeman.
Please look him up, he was a truly wonderful musician and there's so much more to enjoy :)