Une ébauche de quelques photos de 33 Tours ( Long PLay ) de certains artistes.
Couvertures d’album revisitées par le public et des fans
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Le chat sait que la personne est sourde. Donc il exprime par les gestes pour lui faire comprendre qu’il veut manger lui aussi : => Au lieu de Miauler
The cat knows that the person is deaf. So he expresses with gestures to make him understand that he wants to eat too: => Instead of meowing
Une justice sociale, proche des gens et pour les gens
prenant en compte la bonne humeur, la situation personnelle des gens.
Voici un juge ( et ce n’est pas un show ) sympa 🙂
Voici quelques jours que le feu brûle. Il a détruit une partie de notre monument historique international.
Croyant chrétiens ou non. Peu importe. Cette batisse majestueuse en plein centre de Paris. En plein point ZERO kilométrique, à partir duquel tous les calculs Kilométriques sont effectués
Ce monument visité par des centaines de millions voire de Milliards de personnes depuis le temps..
Cette Cathédrale qui abrite la plupart des grands évènements : Que ce soit les disparitions ou les grands concerts classiques du monde entier.
Cette Cathédrale qui berce l’enfance, l’adolescence et la vie de centaines de générations.
Notre Dame de Paris, nous accompagne en fait, où que nous soyons. Elle est là, quelque part dans notre mémoire. Dans notre histoire. Dans notre vie. Batisse, Orgue, la flèche majestueuse (qui a pris feu et qui est tombée )
Nous n’avons jamais réalisé sa présence. Ce n’est que lorsqu’elle a brûlé qu’un déclic international s’est mis en marche quelque part.
Les humains, ont réalisé qu’il se passe quelque chose. Un truc qui ébranle nos vie et nous déséquilibre aussi. Le choc: Cette batisse tranquilisante qui nous réconforte, en ces temps durs où l’on se pose des questions , sur “la civilisation”, “sur le mode de vie actuel”, “sur les valeurs humaines”…
L’un des principaux monuments qui regroupe toute l’histoire de notre civilisation….Brûle.
Dans notre malheur, il faut voir le bon côté des choses.
Les citoyens du monde entier ont bougé. Que l’on partage leurs opinions, leurs avis ( politique, religieux, sociaux ou autres…) Nous avons senti une communion pour avancer.
Les personnes fortunées ont mis la main à la poche ( Merci ) en précisant qu’ils refusent toute défiscalisation quant à leur donation . C’est une donation purement humanitaire pour reconstruire un pan de ce batiment, un pan de notre culture.
Des citoyens Lambda ont mis aussi la main à la poche.
Des chômeurs ont participé et envoyé un peu de ce qu’ils pouvaient donner pour reconstruire leur cathédrale
Des SDF ( nos équipes ont pu le constater ) ont voulu participer aussi en donnant ce qu’ils n’avaient pas.
Ce genre de communion ne peut que nous réjouir et nous féliciter : L’humanité est en bonne santé malgré tout ce que nous voyons.
Lorsqu’un danger approche et que les gens sentent que leur passé, leur présent et leur futur est en danger, ils sont là pour protéger, aider et reconstruire.
Evidemment, il n’est pas question d’écrire cet article sans rendre un grand hommage aux pompiers. Ces soldats du feu qui , comme à chaque fois, sont là, nous protègent, nous assistent, nous aident aux dépends de leurs vies.
Ces pompiers souvent oubliés. Les gens ne s’en souviennent qu’aux Etrennes de fin d’année. Mais ils sont là, tout au long de l’année aussi.
Oui, les Etrennes de fin d’année: EUX SEULS méritent ces Etrennes
Notre Dame de Paris est là et le restera.
Entretemps, il s’agit de ne pas oublier que nous sommes unis,(es) tous / toutes, tous les pays, quelque soient nos communautés, religions, couleurs ou croyances…Nous sommes tous faits d’eau et de sang ….Avec Beaucoup de sentiments et d’amour à partager.
Il suffit de le partager.
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Nous écoutons de la musique US, UK, turque, arménienne, grecque, il est temps de prendre plaisir et écouter la musique indienne.
Une super chanson ” Oye Boy Charlie” (From “Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola) avec MOHIT CHAUCHAN, VISHAL BHARDWAJ, REKHA BHARDWAJ, SHANKAR MAHADEVAN:
Sans doute que pour de nombreux occidentaux, ces noms ne sont pas familiers, cependant, ce sont des stars en Inde.
On Radio Satellite. The best music, the best stars from all countries..No borders with music.
Music is free for all on RADIO SATELLITE
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Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and “dashing good looks”, Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood‘s definitive leading men.
Nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor (Penny Serenade and None But the Lonely Heart) and five times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Grant was continually passed over. In 1970, he was presented an Honorary Oscar at the 42nd Academy Awards by Frank Sinatra “for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting with the respect and affection of his colleagues
Archibald Alexander Leach was born at 15 Hughenden Road, Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (née Kingdon) Leach (1877–1973) and Elias James Leach (1873–1935). An only child, Leach had an unhappy upbringing, attending Bishop Road Primary School.
His mother had suffered from clinical depression since the death of a previous child. Her husband placed her in a mental institution and told his 9-year-old son only that she had gone away on a “long holiday”. Believing she was dead, Leach did not learn otherwise until he was 31 and discovered her alive in a care facility. When Leach was 10, his father abandoned him after remarrying and having a baby with his new young wife.
Leach was expelled from the Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol in 1918. After joining the “Bob Pender Stage Troupe”, Leach performed as a stilt walker and traveled with the group to the United States in 1920 at the age of 16 on the RMS Olympic, on a two-year tour of the country. He was processed at Ellis Island on July 28, 1920.
When the troupe returned to the UK, he decided to stay in the U.S. and continue his stage career. During this time, he became a part of thevaudeville world and toured with Parker, Rand, and Leach.
Still using his birth name, he performed on the stage at The Muny in St. Louis,Missouri, in such shows as Irene (1931), Music in May (1931), Nina Rosa (1931), Rio Rita (1931), Street Singer (1931), The Three Musketeers (1931), and Wonderful Night (1931). Leach’s experience on stage as a stilt walker, acrobat, juggler, and mime taught him “phenomenal physical grace and exquisite comic timing” and the value of teamwork, skills which would benefit him in Hollywood.
After appearing in several musicals on Broadway under the name Archie Leach, Leach went to Hollywood in 1931. When told to change his name, he proposed “Cary Lockwood”, the name of the character he had played in the Broadway show Nikki, based upon the recent film The Last Flight.
He signed with Paramount Pictures, where studio bosses decided that the name “Cary” was acceptable but that “Lockwood” was too similar to another actor’s surname. Paramount gave their new actor a list of surnames to choose from, and he selected “Grant” because the initials C and G had already proved lucky for Clark Gable and Gary Cooper, two of Hollywood’s biggest film stars.
Grant appeared as a leading man opposite Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus (1932), and his stardom was given a further boost by Mae Westwhen she chose him for her leading man in two of her most successful films, She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel (both 1933).
I’m No Angel was a tremendous financial success and, along with She Done Him Wrong, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, saved Paramount from bankruptcy. Paramount put Grant in a series of unsuccessful films until 1936, when he signed with Columbia Pictures. His first major comedy hit was when he was loaned to Hal Roach‘s studio for the 1937 Topper (which was distributed by MGM).
The Awful Truth (1937) was a pivotal film in Grant’s career, establishing for him a screen persona as a sophisticated light comedy leading man. As Grant later wrote, “I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be and I finally became that person. Or he became me. Or we met at some point.” Grant is said to have based his characterization in The Awful Truth on the mannerisms and intonations of the film’s director, Leo McCarey, whom he resembled physically. As writer/director Peter Bogdanovich noted, “After The Awful Truth, when it came to light comedy, there was Cary Grant and then everyone else was an also-ran.”
The Awful Truth began what The Atlantic later called “the most spectacular run ever for an actor in American pictures”. During the next four years, Grant appeared in several classic romantic comedies and screwball comedies, including Holiday (1938) and Bringing Up Baby (1938), both opposite Katharine Hepburn; The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Hepburn and James Stewart; His Girl Friday (1940) with Rosalind Russell; and My Favorite Wife (1940), which reunited him with Irene Dunne, his co-star in The Awful Truth. During this time, he also made the adventure films Gunga Din (1939) with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth and dramas Penny Serenade (1941), also with Dunne, and Suspicion (1941), the first of Grant’s four collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock.
Grant remained one of Hollywood’s top box-office attractions for almost 30 years. Howard Hawks said that Grant was “so far the best that there isn’t anybody to be compared to him”. David Thomson called him “the best and most important actor in the history of the cinema“.
Grant was a favorite of Hitchcock, who called him “the only actor I ever loved in my whole life”.
Besides Suspicion, Grant appeared in the Hitchcock classics Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief(1955), and North by Northwest (1959). Biographer Patrick McGilligan wrote that in 1965 Hitchcock asked Grant to star in Torn Curtain (1966) only to learn that Grant had decided to retire after making one more film, Walk, Don’t Run (1966);
Paul Newman was cast instead, oppositeJulie Andrews. Producers Broccoli and Saltzman originally sought Cary Grant for the role of James Bond in Dr. No but discarded the idea as Grant would be committed to only one feature film and the producers decided to go after someone who could be part of a franchise.
In the mid-1950s, Grant formed his own production company, Granart Productions, and produced a number of films distributed by Universal, such as Operation Petticoat (1959), Indiscreet (1958),That Touch of Mink (co-starring with Doris Day, 1962), and Father Goose (1964). In 1963, he appeared opposite Audrey Hepburn in Charade. His last feature film was Walk, Don’t Run three years later, with Samantha Eggar and Jim Hutton.
Grant was the first actor to “go independent” by not renewing his studio contract, effectively leaving the studio system, which almost completely controlled what an actor could or could not do. In this way, Grant was able to control every aspect of his career, at the risk of not working because no particular studio had an interest in his career long term.
He decided which films he was going to appear in, often had personal choice of directors and co-stars, and at times even negotiated a share of the gross revenue, something uncommon at the time. Grant received more than $700,000 for his 10% of the gross for To Catch a Thief while Hitchcock received less than $50,000 for directing and producing it.
Grant was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Penny Serenade (1941) and None But the Lonely Heart (1944), but never won a competitive Oscar; he received a special Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1970. Accepting the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1965, Father Goose co-writer Peter Stone had quipped, “My thanks to Cary Grant, who keeps winning these things for other people.” In 1981, Grant was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors.
Grant poked fun at himself with statements such as “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant—even I want to be Cary Grant”, and in ad-lib lines—such as in the film His Girl Friday, saying, “I never had so much fun since Archie Leach died”. In Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), a gravestone is seen bearing the name Archie Leach. According to a famous story now believed to be apocryphal, after seeing a telegram from a magazine editor to his agent asking “How old Cary Grant?” Grant reportedly responded with “Old Cary Grant fine. How you?
Cary Grant retired from the screen at 62 when his daughter Jennifer was born, in order to focus on bringing her up and to provide a sense of permanency and stability in her life.
While bringing up his daughter, he archived artifacts of her childhood and adolescence in a bank-quality room-sized vault he had installed in the house.
His daughter attributed this meticulous collection to the fact that artifacts of his own childhood had been destroyed during the Luftwaffe’s bombing of Bristol in the Second World War (an event that also claimed the lives of his uncle, aunt, and cousin as well as the cousin’s husband and grandson), and he may have wanted to prevent her from experiencing a similar loss.
Although Grant had retired from the screen, he remained active.
In the late 1960s, he accepted a position on the board of directors at Fabergé. By all accounts this position was not honorary, as some had assumed; Grant regularly attended meetings and his mere appearance at a product launch would almost certainly guarantee its success. The position also permitted use of a private plane, which Grant could use to fly to see his daughter wherever her mother, Dyan Cannon, was working.
He was a keen motoring enthusiast and, like many other Hollywood stars of the era, owned many notable cars. One of the first he owned was a 1929 Cadillac Cabriolet. His love of Cadillacs never waned and he later purchased a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Other cars that he owned included an MG Magnette and a Sunbeam Alpine series one roadster.
In the last few years of his life, Grant undertook tours of the United States in a one-man show, A Conversation with Cary Grant, in which he would show clips from his films and answer audience questions. Grant was preparing for a performance at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa, on the afternoon of November 29, 1986, when he sustained a cerebral hemorrhage (he had previously suffered a stroke in October 1984). His wife did not know what was going on and she went to a local pharmacy to get aspirin. He died at 11:22 p.m. in St. Luke’s Hospital at the age of 82.
The bulk of his estate, worth millions of dollars, went to his fifth wife, Barbara Harris, and his daughter, Jennifer Grant
In 2001, a statue of Grant was erected in Millennium Square, a regenerated area next to Bristol Harbour in his city of birth, Bristol.
In November 2005, Grant came in first in the “The 50 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time” list by Premiere magazine. Richard Schickel, the film critic, said about Grant: “He’s the best star actor there ever was in the movies.
|1932||This Is the Night||Stephen||With Lili Damita, Charles Ruggles, and Thelma Todd|
|Sinners in the Sun||Ridgeway||With Carole Lombard and Chester Morris|
|Singapore Sue||First Sailor||Musical Comedy short subject|
|Merrily We Go to Hell||Charlie Baxter||UK title: Merrily We Go to _____With Sylvia Sidney and Fredric March|
|Devil and the Deep||Lieutenant Jaeckel||With Tallulah Bankhead and Gary Cooper|
|Blonde Venus||Nick Townsend||With Marlene Dietrich|
|Hot Saturday||Romer Sheffield||With Nancy Carroll and Edward Woods|
|Madame Butterfly||Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton||With Sylvia Sidney and Charles Ruggles|
|1933||She Done Him Wrong||Capt. Cummings||With Mae West and Noah Beery, Sr.|
|The Woman Accused||Jeffrey Baxter||With Nancy Carroll|
|The Eagle and the Hawk||Henry Crocker||With Fredric March and Carole Lombard|
|Gambling Ship||Ace Corbin||With Jack La Rue and Glenda Farrell|
|I’m No Angel||Jack Clayton||With Mae West|
|Alice in Wonderland||The Mock Turtle||With W. C. Fields and Gary Cooper|
|1934||Thirty-Day Princess||Porter Madison III||With Sylvia Sidney and Edward Arnold|
|Born to Be Bad||Malcolm Trevor||With Loretta Young(Heavily censored by the Hayes Office)|
|Kiss and Make-Up||Dr. Maurice Lamar||With Helen Mack and the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1934|
|Ladies Should Listen||Julian De Lussac||With Frances Drake and Edward Everett Horton|
|1935||Enter Madame||Gerald Fitzgerald||With top-billed Elissa Landi|
|Wings in the Dark||Ken Gordon||With top-billed Myrna Loy|
|The Last Outpost||Michael Andrews||With Claude Rains|
|Sylvia Scarlett||Jimmy Monkley||Directed by George CukorWith Katharine Hepburn|
|1936||Big Brown Eyes||Det. Sgt. Danny Barr||With Joan Bennett and Walter Pidgeon|
|Suzy||Andre||With Jean Harlow and Franchot Tone|
|The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss||Ernest Bliss||US title: Romance and RichesAlt title: The Amazing Adventure|
|Wedding Present||Charlie||With Joan Bennett|
|1937||When You’re in Love||Jimmy Hudson||UK title: For You AloneWith Grace Moore|
|Topper||George Kerby||With Constance Bennett|
|The Toast of New York||Nicholas “Nick” Boyd||With Edward Arnold and Jack Oakie|
|The Awful Truth||Jerry Warriner||Directed by Leo McCarey
With Irene Dunne and Ralph Bellamy
Introduced the “Cary Grant persona”
|1938||Bringing up Baby||Dr. David Huxley||Directed by Howard Hawks
With Katharine Hepburn and Charles Ruggles
|Holiday||John “Johnny” Case||Directed by George Cukor
With Katharine Hepburn
UK title: Free to Live
|1939||Gunga Din||Sgt. Archibald Cutter||Directed by George Stevens
With Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
|Only Angels Have Wings||Geoff Carter||Directed by Howard Hawks
With Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell and Rita Hayworth
|In Name Only||Alec Walker||With Carole Lombard and Charles Coburn|
|1940||His Girl Friday||Walter Burns||Directed by Howard Hawks
Remake of The Front Page
With Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy
|My Favorite Wife||Nick||Co-written by Leo McCarey
Directed by Garson Kanin
With Irene Dunne and Gail Patrick
|The Howards of Virginia||Matt Howard||UK title: The Tree of Liberty
With Martha Scott
|The Philadelphia Story||C.K. Dexter Haven||With Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart|
|1941||Penny Serenade||Roger Adams||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Directed by George Stevens
With Irene Dunne and Edgar Buchanan
|Suspicion||Johnnie||Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
With Joan Fontaine
|1942||The Talk of the Town||Leopold Dilg aka Joseph||With Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur|
|Once Upon a Honeymoon||Patrick “Pat” O’Toole||Directed by Leo McCarey
With Ginger Rogers
|1943||Mr. Lucky||Joe Adams/Joe Bascopolous||With Laraine Day and Charles Bickford|
|Destination Tokyo||Capt. Cassidy||With John Garfield and Dane Clark|
|1944||Once Upon a Time||Jerry Flynn||With Janet Blair|
|Arsenic and Old Lace||Mortimer Brewster||With Priscilla Lane and Peter Lorre|
|None But the Lonely Heart||Ernie Mott||Nominated—Academy Award for Best ActorWritten and directed by Clifford Odets
With Ethel Barrymore
|1946||Without Reservations||Himself (cameo)||With Claudette Colbert and John Wayne|
|Night and Day||Cole Porter||Directed by Michael Curtiz|
|Notorious||T.R. Devlin||Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
With Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains
|1947||The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer||Dick||UK title: Bachelor KnightWith Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple|
|The Bishop’s Wife||Dudley||With Loretta Young and David Niven|
|1948||Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House||Jim Blandings||With Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas|
|Every Girl Should Be Married||Dr. Madison W. Brown||With Betsy Drake|
|1949||I Was a Male War Bride||Capt. Henri Rochard||UK title: You Can’t Sleep Here
With Ann Sheridan
|1950||Crisis||Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson||With Jose Ferrer|
|1951||People Will Talk||Dr. Noah Praetorius||With Jeanne Crain|
|1952||Room for One More||George “Poppy” Rose||With Betsy Drake|
|Monkey Business||Dr. Barnaby Fulton||Directed by Howard Hawks
With Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe
|1953||Dream Wife||Clemson Reade||With Deborah Kerr and Walter Pidgeon|
|1955||To Catch a Thief||John Robie||Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
With Grace Kelly
|1957||The Pride and the Passion||Anthony||With Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren|
|An Affair to Remember||Nickie Ferrante||A same-script remake of Love Affair (1939 film), both directed by Leo McCareyWith Deborah Kerr|
|Kiss Them for Me||Cmdr. Andy Crewson||Directed by Stanley Donen
With Jayne Mansfield and Suzy Parker
|1958||Indiscreet||Philip Adams||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Directed by Stanley Donen
With Ingrid Bergman
|Houseboat||Tom Winters||With Sophia Loren|
|1959||North by Northwest||Roger O. Thornhill||Directed by Alfred HitchcockWith Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau
Famous scene of Grant being chased by a biplane
|Operation Petticoat||Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
With Dina Merrill and Arthur O’Connell
|1960||The Grass Is Greener||Victor Rhyall, Earl||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyDirected by Stanley Donen
With Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons
|1962||That Touch of Mink||Philip Shayne||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Directed by Delbert Mann
With Doris Day and Gig Young
|1963||Charade||Peter Joshua / Alexander Dyle / Adam Canfield / Brian Cruikshank||Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Directed by Stanley Donen
With Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau and James Coburn
|1964||Father Goose||Walter Christopher Eckland||Directed by Ralph Nelson
With Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard
|1966||Walk, Don’t Run||Sir William Rutland||With Samantha EggarRemake of The More the Merrier|
A lire aussi ( A french article)
Comme les doutes internationaux entourent les prétentions américaines, diffusées dans le monde entier depuis des années, selon lesquelles les États-Unis auraient débarqué des hommes sur la Lune, le chef de l’agence spatiale russe « Roscosmos » Dmitry Rogozin a proposé à plusieurs reprises de vérifier si les Américains étaient vraiment allés sur la Lune.
Les États-Unis ont affirmé que six missions ont débarqué des hommes sur la Lune, à commencer par celle d’Apollo 11 en juillet 1969, au cours de laquelle Neil Armstrong est apparemment devenu le premier homme à marcher sur la Lune. Apollo 13 devait se poser sur la Lune, mais on a dit qu’il s’était limité à un survol en raison d’un dysfonctionnement à bord du vaisseau spatial. Étonnamment, les neuf missions habitées sont retournées sur Terre en toute sécurité.
Comme l’a rapporté Forbes en 2015, la NASA a publiquement affirmé
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10 Comptes Instagram proposant photos de voyages prises par drones ( et services drônes)
C’est reparti dans la série des comptes Instagram à suivre avec aujourd’hui une sélection des meilleurs photographes en drones.
Jeune photographe italien, Jesse Mottl est pour moi l’un des meilleurs dans la profession.
Instagram : jm_droneguy
Lauréat de nombreux prix en photographie, Pat Kay est basé à Sydney en Australie, et parcourt le monde en partageant ses magnifiques clichés pris au drone.
Expert en la matière depuis 3 ans, Jerome Courtial est un Français basé à Londres. Non seulement il partage ses impressionnantes photos sur Instagram, mais il partage également tous ses conseils sur son site internet pour tout ceux qui souhaiteraient se lancer dans l’aventure du drone.
Leaders dans la photographie aérienne, Salty Wings regroupe Michael Goetze et Jampal Williamson, deux photographes et vidéastes Australiens. En 2016, ils ont fait voyager leurs drones sur 20,000…
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Thomas Wright Waller was the youngest of 11 children (five survived childhood) born to Adeline Locket Waller and Reverend Edward Martin Waller in New York City.
He started playing the piano when he was six and graduated to the organ of his father’s church four years later.
His mother instructed him as a youth. At the age of 14 he was playing the organ at Harlem’s Lincoln Theater and within 12 months he had composed his first rag. Waller’s first piano solos (“Muscle Shoals Blues” and “Birmingham Blues”) were recorded in October 1922 when he was 18 years old.
He was the prize pupil, and later friend and colleague, of stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Overcoming opposition from his clergyman father, Waller became a professional pianist at 15, working in cabarets and theaters. In 1918 he won a talent contest playing Johnson’s “Carolina Shout”, a song he learned from watching a player piano play it.
Waller ultimately became one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial success in his homeland and in Europe. He was also a prolific songwriter and many songs he wrote or co-wrote are still popular, such as “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Squeeze Me”.
Fellow pianist and composer Oscar Levant dubbed Waller “the black Horowitz”. Waller is believed to have composed many novelty tunes in the 1920s and 1930s and sold them for relatively small sums, the attributions of which, on becoming widely known, went only to a later composer and lyricist.
Standards alternatively and sometimes controversially attributed to Waller include “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby”.
Biographer Barry Singer conjectured that this jazz classic was written by Waller and lyricist Andy Razaf, and provides a description of the sale given by Waller to the NY Post in 1929—for $500, to a white songwriter, ultimately for use in a financially successful show (consistent with Jimmy McHugh’s contributions first to Harry Delmar’s Revels, 1927, and then to Blackbirds, 1928).
He further supports the conjecture, noting that early handwritten manuscripts in the Dana Library Institute of Jazz Studies of “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around” (Jimmy McHugh ©1935) are in Waller’s hand.
Jazz historian P.S. Machlin comments that the Singer conjecture has “considerable [historical] justification”.
Waller’s son Maurice wrote in his 1977 biography of his father that Waller had once complained on hearing the song, and came from upstairs to admonish him never to play it in his hearing because he had had to sell it when he needed money.
Maurice Waller’s biography similarly notes his father’s objections to hearing “On the Sunny Side of the Street” playing on the radio.
Waller recorded “I Can’t Give You…” in 1938, playing the tune but making fun of the lyrics; the recording was with Adelaide Hall who had introduced the song to the world at Les Ambassadeurs Club in New York in 1928.
The anonymous sleeve notes on the 1960 RCA Victor album Handful of Keys state that Waller copyrighted over 400 songs, many of which co-written with his closest collaborator Andy Razaf.
Razaf described his partner as “the soul of melody… a man who made the piano sing… both big in body and in mind… known for his generosity… a bubbling bundle of joy”.
Gene Sedric, a clarinetist who played with Waller on some of his 1930s recordings, is quoted in these same sleeve notes recalling Waller’s recording technique with considerable admiration: “Fats was the most relaxed man I ever saw in a studio, and so he made everybody else relaxed.
After a balance had been taken, we’d just need one take to make a side, unless it was a kind of difficult number.”
Waller played with many performers, from Nathaniel Shilkret and Gene Austin, to Erskine Tate, Fletcher Henderson, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers and Adelaide Hall, but his greatest success came with his own five- or six-piece combo, “Fats Waller and his Rhythm”.
His playing once put him at risk of injury. Waller was kidnapped in Chicago leaving a performance in 1926. Four men bundled him into a car and took him to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by Al Capone.
Waller was ordered inside the building, and found a party in full swing. Gun to his back, he was pushed towards a piano, and told to play. A terrified Waller realized he was the “surprise guest” at Capone’s birthday party, and took comfort that the gangsters did not intend to kill him.
It is rumored that Waller stayed at the Hawthorne Inn for three days and left very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips.
In 1926, Waller began his recording association with the Victor Talking Machine Company/RCA Victor, his principal record company for the rest of his life, with the organ solos “St. Louis Blues” and his own composition, “Lenox Avenue Blues”.
Although he recorded with various groups, including Morris’s Hot Babes (1927), Fats Waller’s Buddies (1929) (one of the earliest multiracial groups to record), and McKinney’s Cotton Pickers (1929), his most important contribution to the Harlem stride piano tradition was a series of solo recordings of his own compositions: “Handful of Keys”, “Smashing Thirds”, “Numb Fumblin'”, and “Valentine Stomp” (1929).
After sessions with Ted Lewis (1931), Jack Teagarden (1931) and Billy Banks’ Rhythmakers (1932), he began in May 1934 the voluminous series of recordings with a small band known as Fats Waller and his Rhythm.
This six-piece group usually included Herman Autrey (sometimes replaced by Bill Coleman or John “Bugs” Hamilton), Gene Sedric or Rudy Powell, and Al Casey.
Waller wrote “Squeeze Me” (1919), “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now”, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (1929), “Blue Turning Grey Over You”, “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” (1929), “Honeysuckle Rose” (1929) and “Jitterbug Waltz” (1942). He composed stride piano display pieces such as “Handful of Keys”, “Valentine Stomp” and “Viper’s Drag”.
He enjoyed success touring the United Kingdom and Ireland in the 1930s. He appeared in one of the first BBC television broadcasts.
Waller was returning to New York City from Los Angeles, after the smash success of Stormy Weather, and after a successful engagement at the Zanzibar Room, during which he had fallen ill.
More than 4,000 people attended his funeral in Harlem, which prompted Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who delivered the eulogy, to say that Fats Waller “always played to a packed house.”
Afterwards he was cremated and his ashes were scattered, from an airplane piloted by an unidentified World War black aviator, over Harlem.
One of his surviving relatives is former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket and current Baltimore Ravens wideout Darren Waller, who is Fats’ paternal great-grandson.
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