Fats Pichon playing at the Old Absinthe House, 1950s
|Birth name||Walter Pichon|
|Born||April 3, 1906
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Died||February 25, 1967|
He first went north about 1922, playing at various venues in New York City and New Jersey before settling in Boston for a few years where he studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. After touring the United States and Mexico with various bands in the mid-1920s, he settled again his home town of New Orleans for the later part of the decade, leading bands under his own name at dance halls and on river boats on the Mississippi River. On visits back to New York he made some recordings, mostly as a vocalist on novelty numbers, with Luis Russell and other New Orleans groups.
In the 1940s he began a long gig as the house pianist at The Old Absinthe House, a popular venue on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, where he remained until about 1960, with occasional tours of other parts of the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean.
In 1951 Pinchon moved into the role of Eddie the Waiter, replacing comedian Eddie Green, on the NBC weekly radio comedy Duffy’s Tavern.