Thursday, May 21, 2009

Trolley Car Diner

trolley car diner, originally uploaded by ujima.

May 21 Fats Waller, an African-American composer, singer, and entertainer, was born on this date in 1904. Thomas Wright ("Fats") Waller grew up in Harlem. He took up the piano at age six, playing in a school orchestra led by Edgar Sampson. Waller made his first record at age 18, "Birmingham Blues"/Muscle Shoals Blues" in 1922.He backed various blues singers and worked ashouse pianist and organist at rent parties and in movie theatres and clubs. He began to attract attention as a composer.He began the long-running, prolific series of records with his Rhythm, which won him great fame and produced several hits, including "Your Feet's Too Big," "The Joint Is Jumpin'," and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." Read more of his Broadway and other accomplishments @

I remember as a child listening to Waller's music which my parents played often. Loved singing "Your Feet's Too Big" and pointing at my sisters.
Beautiful 82ยบ day. Still tired from sitting forever in the hospital waiting room yesterday but boarded the bus to Roxborough anyway and had my hair done @ Exhale Beauty Salon.
The photo was taken yesterday in the Trolley Car Diner where we went to eat after leaving the hospital.

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