Jitterbug Waltz

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"Jitterbug Waltz"
Single by Thomas “Fats” Waller and His Rhythm
Format 78 RPM record
Recorded March 16, 1942
Writer(s) Fats Waller

"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 recorded by Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Chet Atkins, Vince Guaraldi, Al Hirt,[1] Eric Dolphy,[2] and David Murray.

Composition and recording[edit]

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 a hectic and tiring schedule. It is notable for being one of the first jazz records recorded with a Hammond organ, an instrument that gained popularity in the genre soon after.


  1. ^ Al Hirt, He's the King and His Band, Discogs.com. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Horricks, Raymond (1989). The Importance of Being Eric Dolphy. D J Costello. p. 38. ISBN 0-7104-3048-5. 

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