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Late in 1932 Fats Waller hired Phil Ponce as manager. Ponce promptly negotiated a contract with WLW, a powerful Cincinnati radio station which was heard throughout the Midwest. His show, "Fats Waller's Rhythm Club", was an instant success. When the WLW contract concluded in early 1934, Waller returned to New York where he broadcast the "Rhythm Club" show over the CBS network to a still larger audience.

For most of a decade Victor's leading jazz artist had been Jelly Roll Morton and the various incarnations of his Red Hot Peppers, but Victor eventually declined to renew Morton's contract as lagging sales reflected changes in the public taste. Victor needed a bankable star to replace Morton as the label's featured jazz artist. Waller's success on CBS convinced Victor to sign him to his first recording contract; Waller decided upon a six-piece band format. Maintaining the association with the "Rhythm Club" name, Waller and Ponce christened the band "Fats Waller and His Rhythm". Between 1934 and 1942 the group recorded about 400 sides, well over half of Waller's lifetime recorded output. Material ranged from downright lamentable to outstanding and Waller's treatment of it ranged from brusque to brilliant.

The "Rhythm" was primarily a studio band, and recording dates had to be worked into the musicians' different schedules. Waller's genius carried the band, enabling them to record as many as ten sides in a single day, often consisting mainly of new material. Rarely did band members know in advance which tunes they would be recording! It is a testament to the collective musical talent of the group that they managed so well without rehearsal. This chaotic approach succeeded in part because of consistency in core personnel which included Waller, Autrey, Sedric and Casey. The chaos no doubt contributed to the spontaneity which characterizes many of the Rhythm's recordings.

Many critics consider that the band's best work was issued in 1935 and 1936, and many of these releases were million- sellers. In February, 1938 Victor extended Waller's contract through May, 1944. It should be noted that Waller's recording contract was not exclusive and that during this period he also recorded for Commodore. Victor issued some of the Rhythm sides on their Bluebird label. The last session with Fats Waller and his Rhythm took place on July 13, 1942 in Victor's New York studios.

So, as Fats himself might say of these recordings, "My, My, My! Now here 'tis; Latch On!"

A special thanks to Owen Miller and James Gallup for their help with the recordings on this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Abdullah
(Neal Lawrence / Slick Jones)
8-10-1939 New York, New York Bluebird
Ain't Misbehavin'
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller / Harry Brooks)
8-2-1939 New York, New York Victor
Ain't Misbehavin'
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller / Harry Brooks)
1-23-1943 New York, New York Jazz Selection
A Little Bit Independent
(Lesile / Burke)
11-29-1935 New York, New York Victor
All My Life
(Mitchell / Stept)
4-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
All That Meat And No Potatoes
(Ed Kirkeby / Fats Waller)
11-29-1936 Chicago, Illinois Bluebird
A Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid
(Andy Razaf / James P. Johnson)
5-16-1934 New York, New York Victor
Armful Of Sweetness
(Alex Hill)
5-16-1934 New York, New York Victor
A Rhyme Of Love
(Robin / Rainger)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor
A Sweet Beginning Like This
(Young / Ahlert)
8-20-1935 New York, New York Victor
A Thousand Dreams Of You
(Webster / Alter)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor 25483
A Thousand Dreams Of You
(Webster / Alter)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor 25490
Baby Brown (1)
(Alex Hill)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor
Baby Brown (3)
(Alex Hill)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor
Beat It Out
(Bernier / Emmerich)
9-7-1937 New York, New York Victor
Because of Once Upon a Time
(Bernard Maltin / Harry Stride / Joseph Young)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor
Believe It, Beloved
(Nat Burton / J.C. Johnson / George Whiting)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Victor
Big Chief De Sota
(Andy Razaf)
6-5-1936 New York, New York Victor
Black Raspberry Jam
(Fats Waller)
6-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
Blue, Turning Grey Over You
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller)
6-11-1937 New York, New York Victor
Blue Because Of You
(Charles Carpenter / Louis M. Dunlap)
6-24-1935 Camden, New Jersey Bluebird
Boo Hoo
(Heyman / Lombardo / Loeb)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Bluebird
Breakin' the Ice
(McCarthy / Kavanaugh / Weldon)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Bluebird
Brother, Seek and Ye Shall Find
(Crum / R. Stewart)
8-2-1935 New York, New York HMV
Buck Jumpin'
(Ed Kirkeby)
6-8-1938 New York, New York Victor
Buckin' The Dice
(Cedric Wallace / Tiny Parham)
11-29-1936 Chicago, Illinois Bluebird
Bye Bye Baby
(Lou Handman / Walter Hirsch)
8-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
By the Light Of the Silvery Moon
(Hawley W. Ades)
7-13-1942 New York, New York Bluebird
Cabin In The Sky
(Lesile / Burke)
4-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
Christopher Columbus
(Andy Razaf / Leon Barry)
4-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
Cinders 3-6-1935 New York, New York Victor
Cross Patch
(Seymour)
4-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
Cryin' Mood
(Andy Razaf / Chick Webb)
3-18-1937 New York, New York Victor
Darktown Strutter's Ball
(Shelton Brooks)
11-3-1939 New York, New York Victor
Did Anyone Ever Tell You?
(Adamson / McHugh)
2-22-1937 New York, New York Victor 25537
Did Anyone Ever Tell You?
(Adamson / McHugh)
2-22-1937 New York, New York RCA 17048
Do Me A Favor
(Jeanne Cherdak / Richard Loring)
5-16-1934 New York, New York Victor
Don't Let It Bother You
(Mack Gordon / Harry Revel)
8-17-1934 New York, New York Victor
Don't You Know Or Don't You Care?
(Kahal / Fahn)
6-9-1937 New York, New York Victor
Dinah
(Samuel Lewis / Joseph Young / Harry Akst)
6-24-1935 Camden, New Jersey Electrola
Dream Man
(Milton Ager / Joseph Young)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Victor
Dust Off That Old Pianna
(Irving Caesar / Sammy Lerner / Gerald Marks)
3-6-1934 New York, New York Victor
Everybody Loves My Baby
(Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams)
11-6-1940 New York, New York Victor
Floatin' Down To Cotton Town
(Jack Frost / F. Henry Klickmann)
9-9-1936 New York, New York Victor
Fractious Fingering
(Fats Waller)
6-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
Georgia May
(Andy Razaf / Paul Denniker)
8-17-1934 New York, New York Victor
Garbo Green
(Fisher)
2-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
Georgia Rockin' Chair
(Fred Fisher)
8-2-1935 New York, New York HMV
Got A Bran' New Suit
(Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz)
8-20-1935 New York, New York Electrola
Halleujah! Things Look Rosey Now (1)
(West / Flatow)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor
Halleujah! Things Look Rosey Now (2)
(West / Flatow)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor
Have a Little Dream On Me
(Phil Baxter / Jack Murray / Billy Rose)
8-17-1934 New York, New York Victor
Havin' A Ball
(Andy Razaf / James P. Johnson)
12-24-1936 New York, New York Victor
Headlines In The News
(Milt Noel / Edgar Battle)
New York, New York
Hold Tight (Want Some Sea Food Mama)
(Buddy Desylva /Jerry Brandow / Leonard Ware)
1-19-1939 New York, New York Bluebird
Honeysuckle Rose
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Victor
Honeysuckle Rose
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Victor 36206
How Can You Face Me?
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Victor
I Adore You
(Robin / Rainger)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor
I Ain't Got Nobody (vocal)
(Abel Baer / Samuel Lewis / Joseph Young)
3-6-1935 New York, New York Victor
I Ain't Got Nobody
(Abel Baer / Samuel Lewis / Joseph Young)
3-6-1935 New York, New York Victor
I Believe In Miracles
(George Meyer / Samuel Lewis / Pete Wendling)
11-7-1934 Camden, New Jersey Victor
I Believe In Miracles
(George Meyer / Samuel Lewis / Pete Wendling)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor
I Can't Break The Habit Of You
(Andy Razaf / Charlie Beal)
2-22-1937 New York, New York Victor
I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby
Vocal refrain by Fats Waller and Una Mae Carlisle

(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
2-22-1937 New York, New York Victor
20-1582-A
I'd Rather Call You Baby
(Seymour / Lawhurst)
9-7-1937 New York, New York Victor
If It Isn't Love
(Val Burton / Will Jason)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Victor
I Hate To Talk About Myself 5-8-1935 New York, New York HMV
I Just Made Up With That Old Girl of Mine
(Little / Pease / McConnell)
8-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
I'll Dance At Your Wedding
(Joe Davis)
12-7-1938 New York, New York Victor
I'm Always In The Mood For You
(Davis / Coots)
9-7-1937 New York, New York Victor
I'm a Hundred Per Cent For You (1)
(Oakland / Parrish / Mills)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Victor
I'm a Hundred Per Cent For You (3)
(Oakland / Parrish / Mills)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Victor
I'm At The Mercy Of Love
(Benny Davis / J. Fred Coots)
9-9-1936 New York, New York Victor
I'm Gonna Put You In Your Place
(And Your Place Is In My Arms)

(Bob Rothberg / Joseph Meyer)
6-11-1937 New York, New York Victor
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
(Fred Ahlert / Joseph Young)
5-8-1935 New York, New York HMV
I'm On A Seesaw
(Desmond Carter / Vivian Ellis)
8-20-1935 New York, New York Electrola
I'm Growing Fonder Of You
(George W. Meyer / Pete Wendling / Joseph Young)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Victor
I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
(N.J. Clesi)
12-24-1936 New York, New York Victor
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
(William P. Mayhew)
6-5-1936 New York, New York Victor
It's No Fun
(Newman)
4-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
I've Got A New Lease On Love
(Young / Ahlert)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Victor 25580
I've Got A New Lease On Love
(Young / Ahlert)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Victor 25571
I've Got My Fingers Crossed
(Ted Koehler / Jimmy McHugh)
11-29-1935 New York, New York Victor 25571
I Wish That I Were Twins (1)
(Edgar De Lange / Frank Loesser / Joseph Meyer)
5-16-1934 New York, New York Victor
I Wish That I Were Twins (2)
(Edgar De Lange / Frank Loesser / Joseph Meyer)
5-16-1934 New York, New York Victor
I Used To Love You (But It's All Over Now)
(Lew Brown / Albert Von Tilzer)
6-28-1939 New York, New York Bluebird
Just As Long As the World Goes Round and Round
(Woods)
8-2-1935 New York, New York HMV
La-De-De-La-De-Da
(Sam Lewis / Peter De Rose)
9-9-1936 New York, New York Victor
Latch On
(Fats Waller)
6-8-1938 New York, New York Victor
Let's Pretend There's a Moon
(Jack Stern)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Victor
Little Curly Hair In A High Chair
(From the MGM film "Forty Little Mothers")

(Charles Tobias / Nat Simon)
4-11-1940 New York, New York Victor
Loafin' Time
(Milton Ager / Arthur Altman)
8-20-1935 New York, New York HMV
Louisiana Fairy Tale
(Fred Coots / Haven Gillespie / Mitchell Parish)
3-6-1935 New York, New York Victor
Lost Love
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller)
6-11-1937 New York, New York Victor
Lulu's Back In Town
(Al Dubin / Harry Warren)
5-8-1935 New York, New York HMV
Mandy
(Irving Berlin)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Victor
Moon Rose
(Rose / Fisher)
2-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
My Very Good Friend, The Milkman
(Johnny Burke / Harold Spina)
6-24-1935 Camden, New Jersey Bluebird
Nero
(Andy Razaf / Paul Denniker / Joe Davis)
12-24-1936 New York, New York Victor
Night Wind
(David Pollack / Bob Rothberg)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor
Oooh! Look-A There Ain't She Sweet
(Todd / Lombardo)
2-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
Old Grand Dad
(Fats Waller)
4-11-1940 New York, New York Bluebird
Old Plantation
(Redmond / David)
3-18-1937 New York, New York Victor
One In A Million
(Mitchell / Pollack)
12-24-1936 New York, New York Victor
Our Love Was Meant To Be
(
Alex Hill / Fats Waller)
9-7-1937 New York, New York HMV
(Oh Susana) Dust Off That Old Pianna
(Irving Caesar / Sammy Lerner / Gerald Marks)
3-6-1935 New York, New York Victor
Oooh, Look-A-There, Ain't She Pretty? 8-2-1935 New York, New York Victor
Original E-Flat Blues
(Thomas Morris / Clarence Williams)
6-16-1940 New York, New York Victor
Pardon My Love
(Milton Drake / Oscar Levant)
3-6-1935 New York, New York Victor
Please Keep Me In Your Dreams
(byTot Seymour / Vee Lawnhurst)
12-24-1936 New York, New York Victor
Rhythm and Romance
(Nat Burton / J.C. Johnson / George Whiting)
8-20-1935 New York, New York HMV
Ring Dem Bells
(Duke Ellington / Irving Mills)
5-13-1941 Camden, New Jersey Victor
Rosetta
(Earl Hines / William Woode)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor 88781-1
Rosetta
(Earl Hines / William Woode)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor 88782-1
Rump Steak Serenade
(Fats Waller)
New York, New York Bluebird
B-11296-B
Sad Sap Sucker Am I
(Fats Waller / Ed Kirkeby)
New York, New York Bluebird
B-11296-A
San Anton'
(Andy Razaf / Paul Denniker)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Victor 25579
San Anton'
(Andy Razaf / Paul Denniker)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Victor 25565
Serenade For a Wealthy Widow
(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh / R. Forsythe)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Victor
Scram!
(Leonard Geoffrey Feather)
11-6-1940 New York, New York Bluebird
She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific
(Davis / Coots)
9-7-1937 New York, New York Victor
Sing An Old Fashioned Song
(Young / Alhert)
2-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
Smarty
(Freed / Laine)
6-11-1937 New York, New York Victor
Somebody Stole My Gal
(Leo Wood)
6-24-1935 Camden, New Jersey Camden
Spreading Rhythm Around
(Ted Koehler / Jimmy McHugh)
11-29-1935 New York, New York Victor
Spring Cleaning
(Samuels / Whitcup)
3-18-1937 New York, New York Victor
Squeeze Me
(Clarence Williams / Fats Waller)
8-10-1939 New York, New York Victor
Stay
(Razah / E. Handy)
4-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
Sugar Blues
(Clarence Williams / Lucy Fletcher)
8-2-1935 New York, New York Victor
Sugar Rose
(Fats Waller / Ponce)
2-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
S'Posin'
(Andy Razaf / Paul Denniker)
9-9-1936 New York, New York Victor
Sweet Heartache
(Washington / Stept)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Victor 25580
Sweet Heartache
(Washington / Stept)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Victor 25571
Sweetie Pie
(John Jacob Loeb)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Victor
Sweet And Slow
(Al Durbin / Harry Warren)
5-8-1935 New York, New York HMV
Sweet Sue (1)
(Will Harris / Victor Young)
6-24-1935 Camden, New Jersey HMV
Sweet Sue (2)
(Will Harris / Victor Young)
6-24-1935 Camden, New Jersey HMV
Sweet Thing
(Alhert / Young)
11-29-1935 New York, New York Victor
Swingin' Them Jingle Bells
(J. Hancock)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor 25483
Swingin' Them Jingle Bells
(J. Hancock)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor 25490
'Tain't Good
(Like a Nickel Made of Wood)
(1)

(Whiting / Bernier / Haid)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor 254878
'Tain't Good
(Like a Nickel Made of Wood) (2)

(Whiting / Bernier / Haid)
11-29-1936 New York, New York Victor 25489
Take It Easy
(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
6-24-1935 Camden, New Jersey Electrola
That Never-To-Be-Forgotten Night
(Tobias / Fain)
2-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
The Girl I Left Behind Me
(Edgar Leslie / George W. Meyer / Billy Rose)
8-2-1935 New York, New York HMV
The Curse Of An Aching Heart
(Al Piantadosi / Henry Fink)
8-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
Thief In The Night
(Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz)
8-20-1935 New York, New York HMV
The Joint Was Jumpin'
(Fats Waller / Andy Razaf / J.C. Johnson)
10-7-1937 New York, New York Victor
20-1582-B
The Love Bug Will Bite You
(Tomlin)
4-9-1937 New York, New York Victor
The Meanest Thing You Ever Did Was Kiss Me
(Al Lewis / Murrray Mencher / Charles Newman)
2-22-1937 New York, New York Electrola
The Panic Is On
(Clark / Thard)
2-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
Then I'll Be Tired Of You
(E.Y. Harburg / Arthur Schwartz)
8-17-1934 New York, New York Victor
There'll Be Some Changes Made
(Billy Higgins / W. Benton Overstreet)
6-24-1935 New York, New York Bluebird
There's Going To Be The Devil To Pay
(Robert Emmerich / Billy Hueston)
6-24-1935 New York, New York Bluebird
To A Sweet Pretty Thing
(Young / Ahlert)
3-18-1937 New York, New York Victor
Truckin'
(Rube Bloom / Ted Koehler)
8-2-1935 New York, New York HMV
Twelfth Street Rag
(Euday L. Bowman)
6-24-1935 New York, New York Bluebird
Two Sleepy People
(Frank Loesser / Hoagy Carmichael)
10-13-1938 New York, New York Bluebird
Until the Real Thing Comes Along
(Sammy Cain / Saul Chaplin / Mann Holiner / Alberta Nichols)
8-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
Up Jumped You With Love
(Fats Waller / Ed Kirkeby)
7-13-1942 New York, New York Victor
Us On A Bus
(Seymour / Lawnhurst)
4-8-1936 New York, New York Victor
West Wind
(Ager / Newman)
2-1-1936 New York, New York Victor
What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You?)
(Jimmie Greer / Coe H. Poe / Pinky Tomlin)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor 88784-1
What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You?)
(Jimmie Greer / Coe H. Poe / Pinky Tomlin)
3-6-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor 88785-1
When Love Is Young
(Adamson / McHugh)
2-22-1937 New York, New York Victor
When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
(H. Woods)
11-29-1935 New York, New York Victor
Where Is The Sun?
(Redmond / Davis)
3-18-1937 New York, New York Victor
Who's Afraid Of Love
(Mitchell / Pollack)
12-24-1936 New York, New York Victor
Whose Honey Are You?
(Fred Coots / Haven Gillespie)
3-6-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor 88779-1
Woe Is Me
(James Cavanaugh / Robert Emmerich / Dick Sanford)
8-20-1935 New York, New York HMV
Yacht Club Swing
(Herman Autrey / J.C. Johnson / Fats Waller)
10-13-1938 New York, New York Victor
You've Got Me Under Your Thumb
(Livemash / Brooks)
9-7-1937 New York, New York Victor
You Showed Me The Way
(McRae / Chick Webb)
3-18-1937 New York, New York Victor 25579
You Showed Me The Way
(McRae / Chick Webb)
3-18-1937 New York, New York Victor 25565
You Stayed Away To Long
(Whiting / Schwartz)
11-29-1935 New York, New York Victor
You're Laughing At Me
(Irving Berlin)
2-22-1937 New York, New York Victor
Your Feet's Too Big
(Ada Benson / Fred Fisher)
3-20-1941 New York, New York Victor
You Fit The Picture
(Bud Green / Jessie Greer)
1-5-1935 Camden, New Jersey Victor
You're Gonna Be Sorry
(Clarence Gaskill)
3-20-1941 New York, New York Victor
You Look Good To Me
(Billy Rose / Walter Donaldson)
10-13-1938 New York, New York Bluebird
You're Not the Only Oyster In the Stew
(Burke / Spina)
8-17-1934 New York, New York Victor
You're So Darn Charming (1)
(Burke / Spina)
8-20-1935 New York, New York Victor
You're So Darn Charming (2)
(Burke / Spina)
8-20-1935 New York, New York RCA
You're the Cutest One 5-8-1935 New York, New York HMV
Your The Picture, I'm The Frame
(Irving Golden / Bob Rothberg)
6-24-1935 New York, New York HMV
You've Been Reading My Mail
(Meyer / Rothberg)
3-18-1937 New York, New York Victor
You've Been Taking Lessons In Love
(Winston "Winky" Tharp / Grady Watts)
5-8-1935 New York, New York BRS
You Went to My Head
(Meyer / Bernier / Emmerich)
3-11-1938 New York, New York Victor

Artist Instrument
Herman Autrey Trumpet
Al Casey Guitar
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Harry Dial Drums, Vibraphone
Mezz Mezzrow Clarinet
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
Rudy Powell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Billy Taylor Drums, Vibraphone
Fats Waller Piano, Vocals
Charlie Turner Bass
Eugene "Honey Bear" Sedric Clarinet
Ben Whitted Clarinet