When Charting the course of rock 'n' roll few names loom as large as Fats Domino.
Edited By: Bruce & Sampson
FATS DOMINO OVERVIEW: (written by Sampson)
From 1950 to 1963 Domino scored at least one Top Twenty-Five hit each year, a run of dominance virtually unparalled in the annals of popular music. He sold over 110 million records in his career and his 85 total hits ranks behind only Elvis Presley, James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin among rock artists, while only Presley and The Beatles have more gold singles than Domino.
Yet despite all those accomplishments, Domino is often seen as somewhat dispensable when discussing rock legends. Compared to his wild piano pounding contemporaries Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, whose styles reeked of musical anarchy, Domino was far less controversial, even though his 50's concerts ended in full-scale riots on countless occasions. In contrast to the blatant sex appeal of Elvis Presley and Jackie Wilson, the affable Fats was decidedly non-threatening. And compared to the constant daring musical experimentations of James Brown and Ray Charles, the prolific Domino stuck to the same basic course he embarked on when starting his career.
But what all that fails to realize is that Domino was SO good that he didn't need any controversy, matinee idol looks or drastic experimental overhauls to sell records. Without those he still came to embody 1950s rock music as well as anybody, in particular the beat heavy New Orleans sound that fueled the decade's musical spirit, solely due to his incredibly consistent songwriting, playing and singing.
Antoine Domino Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans where music courses through the veins of virtually every person who lives there. Taught piano as a kid by his older brother-in-law, himself a professional musician, Domino was soon good enough to pick up money in his teens playing locally. In New Orleans in the 1940s it was possible for a musician to make a living without ever venturing far outside the region, and Domino appeared to be another in the long lineage of Crescent City local stars as he packed crowds in night after night at the Hideaway Club until fate eventually intervened.
Black rhythm & blues music had become an increasingly popular style after World War Two and small independent record companies sprang up everywhere to meet the demand for the music that the major labels wouldn't touch. One of these was Imperial Records out of California run by Lew Chudd. Despite L.A.'s own fertile R&B scene, Chudd ventured southeast to find more talent and wound up in Houston where he saw trumpeter/bandleader Dave Bartholomew play. Bartholomew wasn't unknown, he'd had a few recordings himself on a couple of labels but wasn't signed to any company at the time. He and Chudd worked out an agreement for Bartholomew to scout talent and produce records for Imperial in his native New Orleans and when Chudd arrived a few weeks later Bartholomew brought him to the Hideaway Club to see the increasingly popular local draw Domino, who was signed almost immediately.
On December 10, 1949 they entered the studio and made musical history. Eight sides were recorded including what may be the first true rock 'n' roll record, the autobiographical "The Fat Man," which was a reworking of an old Champion Jack Dupree number, "Junker's Blues," from 1941. Released in January 1950, the Fats Domino debut single was a huge success, hitting # 2 on the Billboard R&B charts and really began the country's exposure to the unique sounds of New Orleans R&B as well as rock 'n' roll.
The next five years resulted in over a dozen national hits for Domino, including two that managed the almost impossible feat at the time of crossing over into the white dominated pop charts. But as more and more white teenagers began discovering this music the notoriety of it increased, and Domino found himself at the forefront of the widespread breakout of rock and roll in 1955 when his song "Ain't It A Shame" became his biggest hit to date, breaking into the Top Ten on the Pop Charts. At the same time Pat Boone's homogenized cover version, re-titled "Ain't That A Shame," his one contribution to the song's legacy, went all the way to Number One."
Suddenly Domino had an entirely new audience that was unaware of his past success but enthusiastic of his every move. A concert in Connecticut he was to headline had to be canceled for fear it would ignite teenage riots. He also appeared on movie screens in cameos for rockploitation films singing his latest releases, and he kept racking up hit after hit, sometimes as many as ten or eleven in a year. While other rockers of that era saw their fortunes decline in time due to scandal, changing tastes, or a draught of good material, Domino rolled right along into the early 1960s, after ranking second only to Presley in terms of commercial success during the 1950s.
While critics assert he rarely deviated from his successful formula there is not much credibility to this charge. It was Domino above all others who proved that you could successfully revive pop standards to fit the rock 'n' roll framework, as he did most famously with "Blueberry Hill," a song now remembered mainly as a Domino performance. He did the same to a handful of others, ranging from Guy Lombardo tunes to even "My Blue Heaven." Then in the early 1960s he successfully melded his style to country music by recording a series of Hank Williams songs, and yet unlike Ray Charles, whose country/R&B merger at the time was drawing raves as daringly experimental, Domino received little credit for doing the same himself. He was also able to adapt to the prominence of string sessions in rock on one of his biggest hits, "Walking To New Orleans," and yet still play pounding boogie rock 'n' roll when called for. In fact his easygoing charm and genteel persona allowed him to escape the looming backlash that faced rock and roll in the late 1950s and resulted in many of its biggest stars careers taking downward turns due to scandal (real or trumped up), and the resulting radio blacklistings. By contrast Domino's popularity seemed to have no end in sight.
In 1962 however his Imperial contract expired and he was offered an enormous amount to sign with ABC-Paramount Records, a company still looking to make a dent in rock 'n' roll. He switched labels and immediately saw his success fall off. The new producers brought him to Nashville, away from his musical base and his crack band and saddled his records with excessive strings and female backup singers in a foolhardy attempt to make him more palatable to older pop audiences, almost assuring him of alienating his enormous rock fanbase in the process. Even as his piano playing and vocals remained strong, they were buried under the heavy-handed out of place production and his records barely scraped the charts they once seemed to own. Before this could be righted American rock was hit with the British Invasion and suddenly tastes changed overnight, leaving behind many of the stars that inspired the English rockers in the first place, Domino included.
By now however Domino had enough money and popularity to subsist on royalties and live appearances and his consquently new recordings tailed off. A brief flurry of activity in 1968, when he had a well-received "comeback" album and a minor hit single covering the Beatles "Lady Madonna", a song Paul McCartney wrote in tribute to Domino, was shortlived. Rock fans of the time might've also been impressed to learn that holed up in a pink house in upstate New York Bob Dylan and the Band were jamming together playing Domino's classic "Please Don't Leave Me", and that a few years later Van Morrison's Top Ten hit "Domino" was an homage to its namesake, Fats. Yet by the early 70's Domino himself was no longer actively recording much, instead he played his old hits on revival tours to enthusiastic audiences and then settled in as a Las Vegas regular playing to rock fans of the 50's who'd grown up with his music, still putting forth incredible performances with his always top-rate band. Eventually, as other more flamboyant stars from rock's first decade boasted in countless interviews about their roles in rock music becoming the cultural landmark it grew into, the shy, unassuming Domino quietly settled into a comfortable semi-retirement in his beloved New Orleans.
Regardless of the lack of mainstream credit he currently receives, few names in rock history were as dominant for as long as Fats Domino and few left a bigger legacy behind them than he. On the Mt. Rushmore of Rock 'n' Roll, Domino's familiar smiling face and flattop hairdo are assured of being carved.
FATS DOMINO SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY - SINGLES:
The Fat Man / Detroit City Blues - 1950 (Imperial 5058)
Boogie-Woogie Baby / Little Bee - 1950 (Imperial 5065)
Hide Away Blues / She's My Baby - 1950 (Imperial 5077)
Hey La Bas Boogie / Brand New Baby - 1950 (Imperial 5085)
Every Night About This Time / Korea Blues - 1950 (Imperial 5099)
Tired Of Crying / What's The Matter Baby - 1951 (Imperial 5114)
Don't You Lie To Me / Sometimes I Wonder - 1951 (Imperial 5123)
Right From Wrong / No, No Baby - 1951 (Imperial 5138)
Rockin' Chair / Careless Love - 1951 (Imperial 5145)
I'll Be Gone / You Know I Miss You - 1952 (Imperial 5167)
Goin' Home / Reeling And Rocking - 1952 (Imperial 5180)
Poor Poor Me / Trust In Me - 1952 (Imperial 5197)
How Long / Dreaming - 1952 (Imperial 5209)
Nobody Loves Me / Cheatin' - 1953 (Imperial 5220)
Going To The River / Mardi Gras In New Orleans - 1953 (Imperial 5231)
Please Don't Leave Me / The Girl I Love - 1953 (Imperial 5240)
Rose Mary / You Said You Loved Me - 1953 (Imperial 5251)
Something's Wrong / Don't Leave Me This Way - 1953 (Imperial 5262)
You Done Me Wrong / Little School Girl - 1954 (Imperial 5272)
Where Did You Stay / Baby Please - 1954 (Imperial 5283)
You Can Pack Your Suitcase / I Lived My Life - 1954 (Imperial 5301)
Love Me / Don't You Hear Me Calling You - 1954 (Imperial 5313)
I Know / Thinking Of You - 1954 (Imperial 5323)
Don't You Know / Helping Hand - 1955 (Imperial 5340)
Ain't It A Shame / La La - 1955 (Imperial 5348)
All By Myself / Troubles Of My Own - 1955 (Imperial 5357)
Poor Me / I Can't Go On - 1955 (Imperial 5369)
Bo Weevil / Don't Blame It On Me - 1956 (Imperial 5375)
I'm In Love Again / My Blue Heaven - 1956 (Imperial 5386)
When My Dreamboat Comes Home / So Long - 1956 (Imperial 5396)
Blueberry Hill / Honey Chile - 1956 (Imperial 5407)
Blue Monday / What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You - 1956 (Imperial 5417)
I'm Walkin' / I'm In The Mood For Love - 1957 (Imperial 5428)
Valley Of Tears / It's You I Love - 1957 (Imperial 5442)
What Will I Tell My Heart / When I See You - 1957 (Imperial 5454)
Wait And See / I Still Love You - 1957 (Imperial 5467)
The Big Beat / I Want You To Know - 1957 (Imperial 5477)
Yes My Darling / Don't You Know I Love You - 1958 (Imperial 5492)
Sick And Tired / No, No - 1958 (Imperial 5515)
Little Mary / Prisoner's Song - 1958 (Imperial 5526)
Young School Girl / It Must Be Love - 1958 (Imperial 5537)
Telling Lies / When The Saints Go Marching In - 1959 (Imperial 5569)
I'm Ready / Margie - 1959 (Imperial 5585)
I Want To Walk You Home / I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday - 1959 (Imperial 5606)
Be My Guest / I've Been Around - 1959 (Imperial 5629)
If You Need Me / Country Boy - 1960 (Imperial 5645)
Before I Grow Too Old / Tell Me That You Love Me - 1960 (Imperial 5660)
Walking To New Orleans / Don't Come Knockin' - 1960 (Imperial 5675)
Three Nights A Week / Put Your Arms Around Me Honey - 1960 (Imperial 5687)
My Girl Josephine / Natural Born Lover - 1960 (Imperial 5704)
Ain't That Just Like A Woman / What A Price - 1961 (Imperial 5723)
Shu Rah / Fell In Love On Monday - 1961 (Imperial 5734)
It Keeps Rainin' / I Just Cry - 1961 (Imperial 5753)
Let The Four Winds Blow / Good Hearted Man - 1961 (Imperial 5764)
What A Party / Rockin' Bicycle - 1961 (Imperial 5779)
I Hear You Knocking / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - 1961 (Imperial 5796)
You Win Again / Ida Jane - 1962 (Imperial 5816)
My Real Name / My Heart Is Bleeding - 1962 (Imperial 5833)
Dance With Mr. Domino / Nothing New (Same Old Thing) - 1962 (Imperial 5863)
Did You Ever See A Dream Walking / Stop The Clock - 1962 (Imperial 5875)
Won't You Come On Back / Hands Across The Table - 1962 (Imperial 5895)
Hum Diddy Doo / Those Eyes - 1963 (Imperial 5909)
You Always Hurt The One You Love / Trouble Blues - 1963 (Imperial 5937)
True Confession / Isle Of Capri - 1963 (Imperial 5959)
One Night / I Can't Go On This Way - 1963 (Imperial 5980)
I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Goin' Home - 1963 (Imperial 66005)
Your Cheatin' Heart / When I Was Young - 1964 (Imperial 66016)
There Goes (My Heart Again) / Can't Go On Without You -1963 (ABC 10444)
When I'm Walking (Let Me Walk) / I've Got A Right To Cry - 1963 (ABC 10475)
Red Sails In The Sunset / Song For Rosemary - 1963 (ABC 10484)
Who Cares / Just A Lonely Man - 1963 (ABC 10512)
Lazy Lady / I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire - 1964 (ABC 10531)
If You Don't Know What Love Is / Something You Got Baby - 1964 (ABC 10545)
Mary, Oh Mary / Packin' Up - 1964 (ABC 10567)
Sally Was A Good Old Girl / For You - 1964 (ABC 10584)
Kansas City / Heartbreak Hill - 1964 (ABC 10596)
Why Don't You Do Right / Wigs - 1965 (ABC 10631)
Let Me Call You Sweetheart / Goodnight Sweetheart - 1965 (ABC 10644)
I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire / I'm Living Right - 1967 (ABC 10902)
I Done Got Over It / I Left My Heart In San Francisco - 1965 (Mercury 72463)
What's That You Got? / It's Never Too Late - 1965 (Mercury 72485)
The Lady In Black / Working My Way Up Steady - 1967 (Broadmoor 104)
Big Mouth / Wait 'Til It Happens To You - 1967 (Broadmoor 105)
One For The Highway / Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better - 1968 (Reprise 0696)
Lady Madonna / One For The Highway - 1968 (Reprise 0763)
Lovely Rita / Wait 'Till It Happens To You - 1968 (Reprise 0775)
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey / So Swell When You're Well - 1969
Make Me Belong To You / Have You Seen My Baby - 1970 (Reprise 0891)
New Orleans Ain't The Same / Sweet Patootie - 1970 (Reprise 0944)
Sleeping On The Job / After Hours - 1978 (Sonet 2168 -UK)
Whiskey Heaven / (different artist on flip side) - 1980 (Warner Brothers 49610)
My Toot Toot (Country) / My Toot Toot (Rock) - 1985 (Fats Domino / Doug Kershaw)
(Toot Toot 001)
FATS DOMINO SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY - ALBUMS/TRACKS:
Rock And Rollin' With Fats Domino - 1956 - Imperial LP-9004
The Fat Man/Tired Of Crying/Goin' Home/You Said You Love Me/Going To The River/Please Don't Leave Me//Rose Mary/All By Myself/Ain't It A Shame/Poor Me/Bo Weevil/Don't Blame It On Me
Rock And Rollin' - 1956 - Imperial LP-9009
My Blue Heaven/Swanee River Hop/Second Line Jump/Goodbye/Careless/I Love Her//I'm In Love Again/When My Dreamboat Comes Home/Are You Going My Way/If You Need Me/My Heart Is In Your Hands/Fats' Frenzy
This Is Fats Domino - 1957 - Imperial LP-9028
Blueberry Hill/Honey Chile/What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You/Blue Monday/So Long/La La//Troubles Of My Own/You Done Me Wrong/Reeling And Rocking/The Fat Man's Hop/Poor Poor Me/Trust In Me
Here Stands Fats Domino - 1957 - Imperial LP-9038
Detroit City Blues/Hide Away Blues/She's My Baby/New Baby/Little Bee/Every Night About This Time//I'm Walkin'/I'm In The Mood For Love/Cheatin'/You Can Pack Your Suitcase/Hey! Fat Man/I'll Be Gone
This Is Fats - 1957 - Imperial LP-9040
The Rooster Song/My Happiness/As Time Goes By/Hey La Bas/Love Me/Don't You Hear Me Calling You//It's You I Love/Valley Of Tears/Where Did You Stay/Baby Please
The Fabulous Mr. D - 1958 - Imperial LP-9055
The Big Beat/I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You/What Will I Tell My Heart/Barrel House/Little Mary/Sick And Tired//I Want You To Know/44/Mardi Gras In New Orleans/I Can't Go On/Long Lonesome Journey/Young School Girl
Fats Domino Swings 12,000,000 Records - 1959 - Imperial LP-9062
The Fat Man/Blue Monday/Blueberry Hill/I'm In Love Again/Going To The River/My Blue Heaven//Bo Weevil/Goin' Home/Please Don't Leave Me/Ain't It A Shame/I'm Walkin'/Whole Lotta Loving
Let's Play Fats Domino - 1959 - Imperial LP-9065
You Left Me/Ain't It Good/Howdy Podner/Stack And Billy/Would You/Margie//Hands Across The Table/When The Saints Go Marching In/Ida Jane/Lil' Liza Jane/I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Some Day/I Want To Walk You Home
Fats Domino Sings Million Record Hits - 1960 - Imperial LP-9103
You Said You Love Me/I Still Love You/Be My Guest/Country Boy/If You Need Me/I Want To Walk You Home//It's You I Love/I've Been Around/I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Some Day/I'm Ready/Margie/I Want You To Know
A Lot Of Dominos! - 1960 - Imperial LP-9127 (LP-12066 - stereo)
Put Your Arms Around Me Honey /Three Nights A Week /Shu Rah /Rising Sun /My Girl Josephine /The Sheik Of Araby //Walking To New Orleans /Don't Come Knockin' /Magic Isles /You Always Hurt The One You Love /It's The Talk Of The Town /Natural Born Lover
I Miss You So - 1961 - Imperial LP-9138
I Miss You So/It Keeps Rainin'/Ain't That Just Like A Woman/Once In A While/I Hear You Knocking/Isle Of Capri//What A Price/When I Was Young/Fell In Love On Monday/My Bleeding Heart/Easter Parade/I'll Always be In Love With You
Let The Four Winds Blow - 1961 - Imperial LP-9153 (LP-12073 - stereo)
Along The Navajo Trail /You Win Again/One Night /I'm Alone Because I Love You /Won't You Come On Back /Trouble Blues // I Can't Give You Anything But Love /Good Hearted Man /Your Cheating Heart /Let The Four Winds Blow /In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town /Am I Blue
What A Party! - 1961 - Imperial LP-9164
Did You Ever See A Dream Walking/Rockin' Bicycle/Before I Grow Too Old/Ain't Gonna Do It/Bad Luck And Trouble/Hold Hands//Trouble In Mind/Coquette/What A Party/I Just Cry/I've Been Calling/Tell Me That You Love Me
Twistin' The Stomp - 1962 - Imperial LP-9170
Twistin' The Spots/The Twist Set Me Free/I Know/Every Night/Town Talk/Wait And See//Twistin' The Stomp/Don't Deceive Me/A Long Way From Home/The Girl I Love/Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?/South Of The Border
Million Sellers - 1962 - Imperial LP-9195
Walking To New Orleans/My Girl Josephine/Three Nights A Week/Shu Rah/My Real Name/Natural Born Lover//Let The Four Winds Blow/What A Price/Jambalaya (On The Bayou)/You Win Again/Ain't Gonna Do It/My Heart Is Bleeding
Just Domino - 1962 - Imperial LP-9208
Teen Age Love/Stop The Clock/Hum Diddy Doo/Those Eyes/I Want To Go Home/Dance With Mr. Domino//Nothing New (Same Old Thing)/Birds And Bees/Wishing Ring/La La/No No/Goin' Home
Walkin' To New Orleans - 1963 - Imperial LP-9227
How Can I Be Happy/One Of These Days/So Glad/Oh Wee/Sailor Boy/Lazy Woman//Walking To New Orleans/My Love For Her/What's Wrong/Little Mama/I Guess I'll Be On My Way/Goin' Back Home
Let's Dance With Domino - 1963 - Imperial LP-9239
Ain't It A Shame/I Don't Want To Walk Without You/I Lived My Life/Someday/Telling Lies/When I See You//Just A Little While (To Stray Here)/Oh Ba-a-by/When You're Smiling/Don't You Know I Love You/Yes My Darling/True Confession
Here He Comes Again! - 1963 - Imperial LP-9248
Goin' Home/Trouble In Mind/Every Night/When I See You/Oh Ba-B-By/Ain't Gonna Do It//Your Cheatin' Heart/I Can't Give You Anything But Love/Along The Navajo Trail/South Of The Border/Lil' Liza Jane/Telling Lies
Here Comes... Fats Domino - 1963 - ABC 455
When I'm Walking/I Got a Right to Cry/There Goes My Heart Again/Just a Lonely Man/Red Sails In the Sunset/Bye Baby, Bye, Bye //Forever, Forever/I'm Livin' Right/Can't Go On Without You/Land of 1,000 Dances/Song For Rosemary/Tell Me the Truth, Baby
Fats On Fire - 1964 - ABC 479
I Don't Want To Set the World On Fire/You Know I Miss You/Fats On Fire/The Land of Make-Believe/Old Man Trouble/Love Me //Mary, Oh Mary/Gotta Get a Job/The Fat Man/Valley of Tears/Fats Shuffle/I'm a Fool to Care
Get Away With Fats Domino - 1965 - ABC 510
When My Dreamboat Comes Home/Wigs/Trouble In Mind/Man That's All/Kansas City/Reelin' and Rockin' //Slow Boat To China/Monkey Business/Hartbreak Hill/The Girl I'm Gonna Marry/Why Don't You Do Right/Ballin' the Jack
Fats Is Back - 1968 - Reprise 6304
My Old Friends/I'm Ready/So Swell When You're Well/Wait Till It Happens To You/I Know/Lady Madonna//Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better/Make Me Belong To You/One For the Highway/Lovely Rita/One More Song For You
FATS DOMINO'S 100 GREATEST RECORDINGS:
1. Blueberry Hill
2. Ain't It A Shame
3. I'm Walkin'
4. Blue Monday
5. The Fat Man
6. I'm In Love Again
7. I'm Ready
8. Walking To New Orleans
9. Whole Lotta Loving
10. Let The Four Winds Blow
11. My Girl Josephine
12. My Blue Heaven
13. I Want To Walk You Home
14. Going To The River
15. Please Don't Leave Me
16. Goin' Home
17. Be My Guest
18. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
19. All By Myself
20. So Long
21. Every Night About This Time
22. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
23. You Done Me Wrong
24. Three Nights A Week
25. I Hear You Knocking
26. Valley Of Tears
27. Wait And See
28. It's You I Love
29. The Big Beat
30. Poor Me
31. I Can't Go On
32. Sick And Tired
33. Rose Mary
34. What A Price
35. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
36. Hey La Bas Boogie
37. Bo Weevil
38. Where Did You Stay
39. Little School Girl
40. When I See You
41. I Want You To Know
42. Honey Chile
43. Detroit City Blues
44. What Will I Tell My Heart
45. Shu Rah
46. Rockin' Chair
47. Don't You Lie To Me
48. Yes My Darling
49. La La
50. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
51. Don't You Know
52. I've Been Around
53. Something's Wrong
54. When The Saints Go Marching In
55. Poor Poor Me
56. Little Bee
57. What A Party
58. How Long
59. The Rooster Song
60. You Win Again
61. I'll Be Gone
62. Country Boy
63. What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You
64. Tired Of Crying
65. Don't Blame It On Me
66. Natural Born Lover
67. It Keeps Rainin'
68. Hide Away Blues
69. Ain't That Just Like A Woman
70. I Know
71. You Know I Miss You
72. You Said You Loved Me
73. Don't Come Knockin'
74. No, No
75. Before I Grow Too Old
76. Fell In Love On Monday
77. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey
79. I'm In The Mood For Love
80. Little Mary
81. Little Mama
82. Reeling And Rocking
83. You Can Pack Your Suitcase
84. The Girl I Love
85. Baby Please
86. Don't Your Hear Me Calling You
87. Love Me
88. Thinking Of You
89. Troubles Of My Own
90. Red Sails In The Sunset
91. If You Need Me
92. Helping Hand
93. I Lived My Life
94. There Goes My Heart Again
95. Whiskey Heaven
96. Lady Madonna
97. One For The Highway
98. If You Don't Know What Love Is
99. Tell Me That You Love Me
100. Young School Girl
QUOTES ON FATS DOMINO:
"One of the most exciting performers & an enormous influence on my career" - Paul McCartney.
"I read an article about Fats Domino which has really influenced me. He said, you should never sing the lyrics out very clearly." - Mick Jagger, speaking in 1968, on the source of his own sometimes mumbled vocal delivery.
"After John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Fats Domino and his partner Dave Bartholomew were probably the greatest team of songwriters ever" - Dr. John.
"One of my musical heroes and main inspirations" - Elton John.
"My earliest influence in music comes from Fats Domino" - Bob Marley.
"He's marvelous" - John Lennon, upon meeting Domino, one of his idols, in 1964.
"Fats made things his own. Even on little frothy tunes whipped up in the studio, the phrasing and delivery was always Fats. It's an amazing singularity I think most artists would die for. That amazing uniqueness." - Cosimo Matassa, owner and operator of J&M Studio, where Domino cut most of his hits.
"The man who proved piano was a rock 'n' roll instrument" - Billy Joel, upon inducting Domino into the first class of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame.
"I heard (Fats Domino's debut record) 'The Fat Man' and went 'Oh My God!'" - Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, on the record and artist that first inspired him to rock.
"(Domino's) 'The Fat Man' should be considered a rock 'n' roll standard." - John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
"The first 45 RPM record I ever bought was 'Going To the River' (a #1 hit in 1953) by Fats Domino. That was one of the first rock 'n' roll records I heard." - Jerry Allison, drummer for Buddy Holly & The Crickets.
"One of the greatest artists who ever lived. I think Fats is a genius" - Lloyd Price, Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famer.
"The first song I learned was 'Ain't That A Shame' by Fats Domino" - John Lennon, on his musical education.
"You don't know what he meant to us!" - Al Jardine of The Beach Boys on Domino's influence on the group.
"Fats Domino's music got to my soul, I loved all of his records. He's gotta be one of the greatest singers of all-time." - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, on a prime inspiration.
"(Domino's) 'I'm In Love Again was the first rock 'n' roll record I ever heard." - George Harrison.
"I've been influenced by everyone from Benny Goodman on: Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Fats Domino" - Bruce Springsteen.
"(Domino's recording of) 'Blue Monday' is as close to perfection as one can imagine. The eight-bar sax break is a gem of almost frightening economy." - Hank Davis, writer, on Domino's own favorite recording, his unrivaled band and specifically sax player's Herb Hardesty's contribution to their sound.
"Fats band was tighter than wallpaper is to paint!" - Harold Winley, bass singer for the Clovers, a group who rivaled Domino's massive popularity in the early to mid-50's with 19 Top Ten R&B Hits of their own.
"It made you want to move. There was nothing you could do, you HAD to move!" - Ruth Brown, Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famer, on the effect Domino's music had on listeners.
"It was revolutionary" - Famed Cleveland DJ, Bill Randle, on Domino's crossing over from strictly black audiences to integrated crowds at early to mid 50's concerts in the city, making him the first black artist to consistantly appeal to white listeners with rock 'n' roll.
"Earth shattering" - Jerry Wexler, legendary Atlantic Records producer, on the legacy of Domino's music.
"Domino's reputation rivals that of Elvis Presley with rock 'n' roll fans" - TIME magazine, 1957.
"Fats Domino is the REAL King Of Rock 'n' Roll" - Elvis Presley, 1969, when asked about holding the mythical title himself.
"Well, I wouldn't want to say that I started it (rock 'n' roll), but I don't remember anyone else before me playing that kind of stuff." - Fats Domino.
Blue Monday: Fats Domino and The Lost Dawn Of Rock 'n Roll
- Rick Coleman.
Winner Of Down Beat magazine inaugural "Personality of The Year"; 1956.
Inducted in the first class of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame; 1986.
Domino's recording of "Blueberry Hill" is named to the Grammy Hall Of Fame; 1987.
Earns Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 1987.
Earns Rhythm & Blues Lifetime Achievement Award; 1995.
"Blueberry Hill" named the 13th greatest jukebox hit of all-time, 1996.
"Blueberry Hill" is ranked by the National Endowment For The Arts as the 18th Greatest Song Of The 20th Century.
Awarded Presidental National Medal Of The Arts, 1998.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame; 1998.
"Ain't That A Shame" is named as one of the hundred greatest songs of the 20th Century by National Public Radio; 1999.
"Ain't That A Shame" is named to the Grammy Hall Of Fame; 2002.
"Blueberry Hill" is named to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, 2005.
In 2007 Domino is awarded the Recording Association Of America's "Music Legend" designation, becoming only the second artist ever to receive this honor.
PLACEMENT ON DDD LISTS (as of 5/05):
Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of the 50s - # 2 Most Influential Rock 'n' Roll Artists - # 18 Greatest Rock Artists - # 28
Songs by Fats Domino are featured on several DDD song lists,
including "Blueberry Hill" at # 31 on the "100 Greatest Rock Songs of the 50s" list.
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