|Single by Thomas “Fats” Waller and His Rhythm|
|Format||78 RPM record|
|Recorded||March 16, 1942|
"Jitterbug Waltz" is a 1942 jazz composition by Fats Waller and initially recorded the same year by Fats Waller and His Rhythm. It was also was recorded by Stéphane Grappelli, Erroll Garner, Chet Atkins, Al Hirt, Eric Dolphy, and David Murray.
Composition and recording
The song is in the key of E♭ major and in 3/4 time. When Waller composed “Jitterbug Waltz” he was 38 years old and at the high point of his career as a veteran recording artist for RCA Victor, making the occasional movie appearance, broadcasting on radio, and traveling the United States and Europe on an incredibly hectic and tiring schedule. It is notable for being one of the first jazz records recorded with a Hammond organ, an instrument that would gain popularity in the genre soon after.
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