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Fats Domino

The most popular exponent of the classic New Orleans R&B sound, Fats Domino sold more records than any other black rock & roll star of the 1950s. His relaxed, lolling boogie-woogie piano style and easygoing, warm vocals anchored a long series of national hits from the mid-'50s to the early '60s. Through it all, his basic approach rarely changed. He may not have been one of early rock's most charismatic, innovative, or threatening figures, but he was certainly one of its most consistent.

Domino's first single, "The Fat Man" (1949), is one of the dozens of tracks that have been consistently singled out as a candidate for the first rock & roll record. As far as Fats was concerned, he was just playing what he'd already been doing in New Orleans for years, and would continue to play and sing in pretty much the same fashion even after his music was dubbed "rock & roll."

The record made number two on the R&B charts, and sold a million copies. Just as important, it established a vital partnership between Fats and Imperial A&R man Dave Bartholomew. Bartholomew, himself a trumpeter, would produce Domino's big hits, co-writing many of them with Fats. He would also usually employ New Orleans session greats like Alvin Tyler on sax and Earl Palmer on drums -- musicians who were vital in establishing New Orleans R&B as a distinct entity, playing on many other local recordings as well (including hits made in New Orleans by Georgia native Little Richard).

Domino didn't cross over into the pop charts in a big way until 1955, when "Ain't That a Shame" made the Top Ten. Pat Boone's cover of the song stole some of Fats' thunder, going all the way to number one (Boone was also bowdlerizing Little Richard's early singles for pop hits during this time). Domino's long-range prospects weren't damaged, however; between 1955 and 1963, he racked up an astonishing 35 Top 40 singles. "Blueberry Hill" (1956) was probably his best (and best-remembered) single; "Walking to New Orleans," "Whole Lotta Loving," "I'm Walking," "Blue Monday," and "I'm in Love Again" were also huge successes.

After Fats left Imperial for ABC-Paramount in 1963, he would only enter the Top 40 one more time. The surprise was not that Fats fell out of fashion, but that he'd maintained his popularity so long while the essentials of his style remained unchanged. This was during an era, remember, when most of rock's biggest stars had their careers derailed by death or scandal, or were made to soften up their sound for mainstream consumption. Although an active performer in the ensuing decades, his career as an important artist was essentially over in the mid-'60s. He did stir up a bit of attention in 1968 when he covered the Beatles' "Lady Madonna" single, which had been an obvious homage to Fats' style. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rare Dominos Volumes 1 & 2

Disc 1

1. Don't Lie To Me

2. Sometimes I Wonder

3. Nobody Loves Me

4. Rocking Chair

6. Careless Love

7. I've Got Eyes For You

8. Right From Wrong

9. No No Baby

10. My Baby's Gone

11. Boogie Woogie Baby

12. How Long

13. Rose Mary

15. What's The Matter Baby

16. Stay Away

18. Hey La Bas Boogie

Disc 2

1. Yes My Darling

2. Help Me

3. Don't You Know I Love You

6. Don't Leave Me This Way

7. Hey Fat Man

8. How Long

9. Korea Blues

10. Mardi Gras In New Orleans

12. The Fat Man's Hop

13. I'll Be Gone

14. You Know I Miss You

15. Little Bee

16. Don't You Know

17. I Lived My Life

18. Trust In Me

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Track List: Sentimental Journey (Live At The University Of New Orleans)

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Track List: Mardi Gras In New Orleans

Disc 1

1. The Fat Man

2. Detroit City Blues

3. Boogie Woogie Baby

4. Little Bee

6. She's My Baby

7. Brand New Baby

8. Hey! La Bas Boogie

9. Every Night About This Time

10. Korea Blues

11. Tired Of Crying

12. What's The Matter Baby

13. Don't Lie To Me

14. Sometimes I Wonder

15. No No Baby

16. Right From Wrong

17. Careless Love

18. Rockin' Chair

19. You Know I Miss You

20. I'll Be Gone

21. Goin' Home

22. Reelin' And Rockin'

Disc 2

1. Trust In Me

2. Poor Poor Me

4. How Long

5. Cheatin'

6. Nobody Loves Me

7. Going To The River

8. Mardi Gras In New Orleans

9. Please Don't Leave Me

10. The Girl I Love

11. You Said You Love Me

12. Rose Mary

13. Don't Leave Me This Way

14. Something's Wrong

15. Little School Girl

16. You Done Me Wrong

19. You Can pack Your Suitcase

20. I Lived My Life

22. Love Me

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Track List: The Fats Domino Jukebox

1. The Fat Man

2. Goin' Home

3. Going To The River

4. Ain't That A Shame

5. All By Myself

6. Poor Me

7. I'm In Love Again

8. Blueberry Hill

9. Blue Monday

10. I'm Walkin'

11. It's You I Love

12. Valley Of Tears

13. Whole Lotta Loving

14. I Want To Walk You Home

15. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday

16. Be My Guest

17. Walking To New Orleans

18. My Girl Josephine

19. Let The Four Winds Blow

20. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

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Track List: Walking To New Orleans

Disc 1

1. The Fat Man

2. Detroit City Blues

4. Every Night About This Time

6. Rockin' Chair

8. Reeling And Rocking

9. Poor Poor Me

10. Mardi Gras In New Orleans

11. How Long

12. Going To The River

13. Swanee River Hop

14. Rose Mary

15. Please Don't Leave Me

16. Something's Wrong

17. You Done Me Wrong

18. Thinking Of You

20. You Can Pack Your Suitcase

21. Love Me

22. All By Myself

23. Don't You Know

24. La-La (Version #1)

25. Ain't That A Shame

Disc 2

1. Blue Monday

2. Poor Me

3. I Can't Go On (Rosalie)

4. I'm In Love Again

5. Bo Weevil

6. Don't Blame It On Me

7. If You Need Me

8. So-Long

9. My Blue Heaven

10. Ida Jane

11. When My Dreamboat Comes Home

12. What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You

13. Blueberry Hill

14. Honey Chile

15. I'm Walkin'

16. What Will I Tell My Heart

17. My Happiness

18. Young School Girl

19. The Rooster Song

20. Telling Lies

21. It's You I Love

22. Valley Of Tears

23. Wait And See

24. The Big Beat

25. Little Mary

Disc 3

1. When I See You

2. I Still Love You

3. I Want You To Know

4. Yes, My Darling

5. Don't You Know I Love You

6. Sick And Tired

7. No, No

9. Coquette

10. Whole Lotta Loving

11. Margie

12. I Hear You Knocking

13. When The Saints Go Marching In

14. Country Boy

15. I'm Ready

16. I Want To Walk You Home

18. Be My Guest

19. Before I Grow Too Old

20. Tell Me That You Love Me

21. Walking To New Orleans (live)

22. Don't Come Knocking

23. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey

24. Three Nights A Week

25. You Always Hurt The One You Love

Disc 4

1. Shu Rah

2. My Girl Josephine

3. Natural Born Lover

4. Ain't That Just Like A Woman

5. Rising Sun

6. It Keeps Rainin'

7. What A Price

9. Fell In Love On Monday

10. Hold Hands

14. Good Hearted Man

15. One Night

16. You Win Again

17. Let The Four Winds Blow

18. Your Cheatin' Heart

19. What A Party

20. Trouble Blues

21. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

23. My Real Name

24. I Want To Go Home

25. Dance With Mr. Domino

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Track List: Rock And Rollin' / This Is Fats Domino

1. My Blue Heaven

2. Swanee River Hop

3. Second Line Jump

4. Goodbye

5. Careless Love

6. I Love Her

7. I'm In Love Again

8. When My Dreamboat Comes Home

9. Are You Going My Way

10. If You Need Me

11. My Heart Is In Your Hands

12. Fat's Frenzy

13. Blueberry Hill

14. Honey Chile

15. What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You

16. Blue Monday

17. So Long

18. La La

19. Troubles Of My Own

20. You Done Me Wrong

21. Reeling And Rocking

23. Poor, Poor Me

24. Trust In Me

25. I'm Walkin

26. It's You I Love

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Track List: Fats Domino Swings

1. The Big Beat

2. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You

3. What Will I Tell My Heart

4. Barrel House

5. Little Mary

6. Sick And Tired

7. I Want You To Know

8. "44"

9. Mardi Gras In New Orleans

10. I Can't Go On

11. Long Lonesome Journey

12. Young School Girl

13. The Fat Man

14. Blue Monday

15. Blueberry Hill

16. I'm In Love Again

17. Going To The River

18. My Blue Heaven

19. Bo Weevil

20. Goin' Home

21. Please Don't Leave Me

22. Ain't That A Shame

23. I'm Walkin'

24. Whole Lotta Loving

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Track List: The Fat Man: 25 Classic Performances

1. The Fat Man

2. Goin' Home

3. Going To The River

4. Ain't It A Shame

5. All By Myself

6. Poor Me

7. I'm In Love Again

8. My Blue Heaven

9. Blueberry Hill

10. Blue Monday

11. I'm Walking

12. Valley Of Tears

13. It's You I Love

14. Wait And See

15. The Big Beat

16. Yes, My Darling

17. Don't You Know I Love You

18. Sick And Tired

19. Whole Lotta Loving

20. I Want To Walk You Home

21. Three Nights A Week

22. My Girl Josephine

23. What A Price

24. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

25. You Win Again

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Big Boned Domino...
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Fat or thin Fats Domino had what it takes for rock n roll .
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my twisting teens, I remember
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Fats Domino my mom would play the Album &she showed me how to dance walking down the line
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I live n creal springs I'll we would n love to have U come out I grew up lettn U walk me home lol love U dude
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you stopped making records..... . " W A Y TO SOON FATS"! U STILL HAD IT, U COULD STILL SING IT, WE STILL LISTEN TO IT & WE REALLY, REALLY MISS YOU & YOUR FABULOUS VOICE!!!!!! YOU ARE STILL UP ON TOP WHERE YOU WERE,, N SOO MANY PEOPLES LIVES!!
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I love u fats my main man
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Music is great
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Huey Lewis & the news
hermans hermits
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Ever thing fats Domino sings is great.
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Love this Domino man......... L o v e the sax....
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Where' s. James Brown?
Rock n soul
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The hall of fame .
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My name is domino why and my last name is not fats they r insalting me'-'give me $1000000000° ° ° ° ° d o l l e r s
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It was very tough for these artist in the era. They made very little money even during periods of peak popularity. I was in a little upper level 5 cent slots room in a low class hotel casino in Reno in the 70s. Low and behold there was Fats Domino at the piano playing and singing right in the middle of the smoky room! Boy were my wife I taken aback! He was very good for sure.
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There really is a place Blueberry Hill......Be h i n d the chapel, in Pirmasens Germany. It was also the best place to go sledding.... . . . .
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his music Wiil live forever !
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I was in my early teens when I first heard Fats.....Bee n a loyal fan ever since.
.thank you Pandora
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Awesome music
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Chubby checker was named after him.... Get it?
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Great song.Great band.The same band Little Richard used on his early recordings for Specialty Records in New Orleans,Lee Allen Earl Palmer ect.
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You just gotta love Fats ��
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Blueberry hill
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (you won't die) in two days. Now that you have started reading this don't stop. Post this on at least five other stations/son g s in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary it actually works
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Whatever happened to the one's that are still living? Please come out so that we may have the pleasure and great honor to see you again.
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Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, Marty Robbins and all the great artists of the past.
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These artists don't even know the impact they made with their music. I have some of the best memories listening to Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard,
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nicole51236
I'm lucky to say I loved him than and now
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My Blue Heaven sends me right up there!!
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Two things I like... Domino's and HAPPY fat people!!!! If you listen to the fat man and your STILL in a bad mood, NOTHING will help.
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Fats is king of music....
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Jackie Wilson ---king of my spirit soul --never stop''- 'til I die.
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Fats LIVES and WILL NOT DIE , LONG LIVE FATs !!!
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Excellent format for my age group, never better !!!!
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thisi is so far byond Bluberry Hill.......T h i s is one talented group.....Vi v a Fats.....
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Have loved Fats since the 50's - My favorite Valley of Tears
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Real music
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Love Fats Domino music . Walking to New Orleans my favorite
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Some people say that fats is still alive!:-)
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Hell yea
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Fats yeah
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Fats Domino - Love his music
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i have loved his music since i was small i would love to meet HIM i would do anything to just him FAT'S is the man



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His best song
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sorielle32
@rdmdam0603 that's his stage name fool. Who would think someone named their child fats...
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WOW,,,, my DADS, MUSIC,,,!!! We can't challenge them,,, CANT DO IT!!!! That's ROCK,,,,, ORIGINAL
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1956 WAS MY COMING OUT YEARS
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At seventeen I was introduce to BLUES & RHYTHM ans BLUES , FATS was a GENIUS to me. Thank GOD.
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Love it!
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I love this song I wish they have this on the radio
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