March 9 – Fats Domino and the New Orleans sound

1957

New Orleans native singer, pianist Fats Domino continues his string of hits with USR&B#1 (US#4) classic I’m Walkin’.

In the previous two years, Fats — who started his string of boogie-woogie and rock ‘n’ roll hits in 1949 with Detroit City Blues  —  and his band had big hits with Ain’t That a Shame, I’m in Love Again, Blueberry Hill (1956) and Blue Monday — as well as 1955’s US#17 debut album Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino. The streak lasted 5 more years. ▷RHoF:Domino, 1986▹


Bartholomew, 1977

Many of Fats’ hits are written or co-written with Nola bandleader Dave Bartholomew, a key figure in the New Orleans sound. ▷RHoF:Bartholomew, 1991▹ ▷SHoF:Bartholomew, 1998▹

Both men remain kicking. Fats is one of the artists included on the soundtrack of George Lucas 50s-nostalgia film American Graffiti. Other Nola musical luminaries of the era — many recorded in Cosimo Matassa‘s landmark French Quarter J&M Recording Studio — include Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Jimmy Clanton, Lloyd Price, Lee Dorsey, Little Richard, Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, The Dixie Cups, and many more.

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