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Guitarist Al Casey: Defining the Sound of Fats Waller

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Guitarist Al Casey: Defining the Sound of Fats Waller

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Guitarist Al Casey: Defining the Sound of Fats Waller

Guitarist Al Casey: Defining the Sound of Fats Waller

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Guitarist Al Casey died Sunday of colon cancer at age 89, days short of his 90th birthday on Sept. 15. Casey's distinctive style helped to define the sound of Fats Waller's band in the 1930s and 1940s. Casey also played with Louis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson and Billie Holliday. (This interview originally aired May 19, 2004.)