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(1950-52 'Imperial') (72:43/30) Fats Domino is a true legend of rock'n'roll. His... more

Fats Domino: Early Imperial Singles Vol.1 (CD

(1950-52 'Imperial') (72:43/30)
Fats Domino is a true legend of rock'n'roll. His uniqueness was summed up for me way back in 1973 by New Orleans studio owner Cosimo Matassa when I interviewed him for my book 'Walking To New Orleans': 'No matter what Fats does he comes through. He could be singing the National Anthem, which everybody until recently did straight, no fooling around or anything, you'd still know by the time he said two words it was him - obviously, unmistakeably and pleasurably him, Domino fits that, just opens his mouth...in fact he just hits an opening chord on his piano and you know it. I'd like to have that, I think anybody would.'The cuddly, teddy bear-like Fat Man first broke into national consciousness in the mid-50s with international hits like Ain't That A Shame, I'm In Love Again, Blue Monday, I'm Walkin' and especially Blueberry Hill. Since then his Imperial Recordings have been frequently reissued on LP and CD, but until now his early singles (A & B sides) have never been compiled in a single package in chronological order.

As a result we are able to trace Fats' crucial development from a raw young boogie woogie pianist and blues singer (yes, blues!) into an R&B star, before becoming the hit artist we all know and love. An added bonus is that with modern studio technology the crude original recordings have been cleaned up as never before.Our 30-track CD is further enhanced by the perceptive notes of Rick Coleman from New Orleans, who is in the process of finalising Fats' biography.

Rick takes us through Fats' discovery at the Hideaway Club by future producer Dave Bartholomew and Imperial label chief Lew Chudd the initial session featuring The Fat Man (which was almost rejected because of the low-fi recording quality) the early, less-than-successful, tours the gradual evolution of Fats' renowned band the disagreement with Dave Bartholomew which led to record shop owner Al Young producing a short series of earthy recordings with Domino's own band (rather that the ubiquitous Bartholomew Orchestra) the previously unrecognised session held in Nashville in 1952 by Ted Jarrett (whose work will be featured in upcoming Ace and Kent CDs) and the reconciliation with Dave Bartholomew.

The gutsy boogie'n'blues music of the early Imperial 78s and 45s is highlighted by the R&B hits The Fat Man, Every Night About This Time and Goin' Home we have also included two stellar bonus tracks, The Fat Man's Hop and Hey! Fat Man which were unreleased on singles at the time. This release follows in the footsteps of two favourite long-deleted LPs Rare Dominos (Liberty) and Boogie Woogie Baby (Ace) - it is a vivid snapshot of rock'n'roll history in the making.

Article properties: Fats Domino: Early Imperial Singles Vol.1 (CD

  • Interpret: Fats Domino

  • Album titlle: Early Imperial Singles Vol.1 (CD

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 1996
  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667159722

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Domino, Fats - Early Imperial Singles Vol.1 (CD CD 1
01 The Fat Man
02 Detroit City Blues
03 Boogie Woogie Baby
04 Little Bee
05 Hide Away Blues
06 She's My Baby
07 Brand New Baby
08 Hey! La Bas Boogie
09 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 Reeling And Rockin'
23 Trust In Me
24 Poor Poor Me
25 Dreaming
26 How Long
27 Cheatin'
28 Nobody Loves Me
29 The Fat Man's Hop
30 Hey! Fat Man
Fats Domino Obituary Like the great Louis Armstrong before him, Fats Domino was a perfect... more
"Fats Domino"

Fats Domino Obituary


Like the great Louis Armstrong before him, Fats Domino was a perfect ambassador for New Orleans music.

Even at the height of the mid-‘50s rock and roll explosion, when Elvis and Chuck Berry were scaring the bejeezus out of parents with their primal rhythms and suggestive stage antics, Fats was a cherubic presence when seated behind a piano with a sweet smile on his face and a fat horn section by his side. No wonder he was one of the era’s most prolific and universally accepted hitmakers; with trumpeter/bandleader Dave Bartholomew as his co-writer and producer, Domino unleashed an incredible run of hits on Imperial Records that were irresistible to teenagers and their parents alike. Fats always did the Crescent City proud.

Domino, who died at the age of 89 in his beloved home in Harvey, Jefferson Parrish in New Orleans, Louisiana, at night on the 24th of October 2017, had been ailing in recent years after surviving the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (he had to be rescued from his Ninth Ward home, which was utterly devastated). But prior to his hea

lth woes, Fats never stopped rocking like it was 1957 all over again, always fronting a rollicking band soaked in second-line rhythms and jabbing horns. Domino never seemed like he was just going through the motions; whenever he launched into his raucous set closer When The Saints Go Marching In, it was instant Mardi Gras time.

Antoine Domino

Born February 26, 1928 in the Big Easy, Antoine Domino, Jr. was a shy lad of Creole descent who spoke French before he learned English. Influenced by boogie piano specialists Albert Ammons (whose Swanee River Boogie became one of Domino’s enduring showpieces), Meade Lux Lewis, and Amos Milburn, Fats was given his nickname by bassist Billy Diamond, whose band he played with at the Hideaway Club beginning in 1946. Domino was making a name in his own right by ’49, when he met Bartholomew, who brought Imperial owner Lew Chudd to the Hideaway to check out the promising newcomer. The end result was a record contract that would make immense profits for the label and Domino as it stretched for more than a decade. 


The Fat Man
, a cleaned-up adaptation of Champion Jack Dupree’s Junker Blues, was Domino’s Imperial debut and just missed the top of the R&B hit parade in early 1950. Fats achieved R&B stardom long before rock and roll reared its impudent head, scoring major hits with Every Night About This Time (1950), Goin’ Home, Going To The River (both 1952), and Please Don’t Leave Me and Something’s Wrong (both 1953). Everything changed when Domino released the stop-time rocker Ain’t It A Shame in 1955.

Typically a Domino/Bartholomew collaboration, it not only paced the R&B charts but went Top Ten pop despite a Pat Boone cover. Rock and roll was exploding all over, and Fats was one of the rowdy music’s first true heroes. Of course, having a crack band at his behest whenever he ventured into Cosimo Matassa’s studio in the French Quarter sure didn’t hurt. Herbert Hardesty, who was prominently featured with Domino’s band for decades, took the lion’s share of the sax solos on Domino’s hits, with studio stalwart Lee Allen handling the rest.

Domino was a rock and roll superstar

For the rest of the decade, Domino was a rock and roll superstar, thanks to blockbusters that included I’m In Love Again, When My Dreamboat Comes Home, Blueberry Hill (his top seller of all), and Blue Monday in 1956, I’m Walkin’ the next year, Whole Lotta Loving in ’58, I’m Ready, I Want To Walk You Home, and Be My Guest in ’59, and the plaintive Walking To New Orleans and My Girl Josephine at the beginning of the new decade. Domino memorably guested in the rock and roll flicks ‘The Girl Can’t Help It,’ ‘Jamboree,’ and ‘The Big Beat,’ headlined countless package shows that barnstormed the U.S. and helped knock down segregation barriers, starred on network TV programs, and remained singularly free of scandal as he loyally doted on his huge family back home when he wasn’t on the road.

After an amazing run on Imperial (all of his masters for the label are available on Bear Family’s eight-CD boxed set ‘Out of New Orleans’), Domino moved over to the ABC-Paramount label in 1963. But by then, the glory years of New Orleans rock and roll were long in the history books. Domino made more platters for Mercury and Reprise, often recording away from his home base, and toured far and wide as the oldies circuit welcomed him with open arms. Eventually Domino decided to retire from the road altogether, limiting his performances to venues that were close to home.

New Orleans was filled with great performers during the ‘50s, but there was only one Fat Man. Monumentally influential to a generation or two of Louisiana musicians (especially the pioneers of the swamp pop movement), he was the very definition of New Orleans rock and roll—as all the gold records adorning his wall during the pre-Katrina days so eloquently attested.

 --Bill Dahl

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Tracklist
Domino, Fats - Early Imperial Singles Vol.1 (CD CD 1
01 The Fat Man
02 Detroit City Blues
03 Boogie Woogie Baby
04 Little Bee
05 Hide Away Blues
06 She's My Baby
07 Brand New Baby
08 Hey! La Bas Boogie
09 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 Reeling And Rockin'
23 Trust In Me
24 Poor Poor Me
25 Dreaming
26 How Long
27 Cheatin'
28 Nobody Loves Me
29 The Fat Man's Hop
30 Hey! Fat Man