Personnel: Fats Waller (vocals, spoken vocals, piano, celesta, organ, bells); Clarence Williams, Kathryn Perry, Ethel Waters, Gene Austin, Herb Borodkin, Ada Brown (vocals); Eddie Condon, John H. Smith, Jr., Irving Ashby, Albert Casey, Carl Kress (guitar); John B. Giampietro (harp); Yascha Zayde, Chet Kruzcek, Harry Urbont, Lou Raderman, Murray Kellner, John Raymond (violin); Frank Robinson (harmonica, baritone saxophone); Eugene Sedric, Gene Porter, Andy Sannella (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Pee Wee Russell (clarinet); Murray Cohen, Eddie Stennard, Chet Hazlett, Fletcher Hereford (saxophone); George James, Jackie Fields, Dave McCrae, Jimmy Powell (alto saxophone); Bob Carroll (tenor saxophone); Marty Marsala, Mike Mosiello, John "Bugs" Hamilton , Herman Autrey, Nathaniel Williams, Mannie Weinstock, Joe Thomas , Stephen Schultz , Benny Carter , Bobby Williams (trumpet); Ed Allen (cornet); Herb Flemming, George Wilson, Alton Moore, Charlie Butterfield, George Brunies, Ray Hogan (trombone); Willie "The Lion" Smith (piano); George Wettling, Arthur Trappier, Wilmore Slick Jones, Zutty Singleton (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Ted Kendall.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (08/01/1924-09/16/1943); Hollywood, CA (08/01/1924-09/16/1943); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (08/01/1924-09/16/1943); New York, NY (08/01/1924-09/16/1943).
The sixth volume of Fats Waller's THE COMPLETE RECORDED WORKS covers 1940 to 1942, the last years of Waller's life (he died in '43). Yet Waller was as vital during this period, as both a piano player and singer, as he'd been in the late `20s and early '30, as evidenced by these recordings of signature songs like "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose" and classic party numbers like "You're a Viper (the Reefer Song)." The five discs that make up VOL. 6 are as essential as any in his catalogue, and few performers--even decades later--have matched his exuberance and skill as an entertainer.