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    Fats Waller Signed Window Card. Born in 1904, Fats Waller studied piano diligently as a boy, and turned professional at age 15. During the 1920's, he accompanied Bessie Smith and other blues singers in cabarets and theaters, and by the late 1920's, Waller began composing popular songs, including songs for the 1928 Broadway review, Connie's Hot Chocolates. In 1934, Waller made a series of recordings for RCA Victor that became his legacy. Many of these recordings were satirical tunes, and his happy-go-lucky manner and his comical lyrics made him a huge hit. By 1943, Fats had gone to Hollywood to make some films, and he was on the verge of international success. On a train trip going back to New York City, Waller died. When the train made a stop in Chicago, authorities found a stateroom filled with empty liquor bottles and the body of Fats Waller. Some of his memorable tunes, including "Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Jitterbug Waltz," and "Blue, Turning Gray Over You," are still favorites of musicians today. This fantastic card features an image of Waller over a yellow background, and is signed by Fats on the right side of the card. Pinholes at corners and some slight edge wear would easily mat or frame out. Accompanied by COA from Jazz & Big Band expert Larry Rafferty.

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    30th-1st Thursday-Friday
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