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(1953-56 'Imperial') (71:03/30) The first volume in this series (CDCHD 597) took us from... more

Fats Domino: Early Imperial Singles Vol.2 (CD)

(1953-56 'Imperial') (71:03/30)

The first volume in this series (CDCHD 597) took us from Fats' debut single. The Fat Man which was recorded in 1949, through to his 14th release in 1952. Volume 2 contains recordings made up to November 1955. This period saw Fats cross over from the R&B charts to the Top 20 pop charts with Ain't It A Shame, which reached number 10 in July 1955. Another milestone, is the first (78 rpm) Domino single to gain release in Britain on the London label in February 1954, Rose Mary b/w You Said You Love Me. This CD presents a wonderful melange of blues, R&B and rock'n'roll which can be summarised under the title of the joyful Professor Longhair anthem, Mardi Gras In New Orleans.

The rationale behind these releases is to provide Fats' singles in chronological order for the first time, showing the development of his sound, style and career through time. It's well known that Imperial speeded up Fats' singles in the rock'n'roll era in order to give his voice a lighter, more commercial sound. The first track to be so 'doctored' was the aforementioned Ain't It A Shame. It is, however, less known that when earlier singles subsequently appeared on Imperial's late 50s LP reissues they too were speeded up.

And it's those LP versions that have been reissued again ever since, including those on the comprehensive Bear Family box set. Now, with the help of expert researchers Dave Sax and Victor Pearlin, the original singles have been timed and the tracks have been remastered at the original speed. This work shows enormous dedication to the recreation of the original sound! In addition to both sides of the 14 singles, two high quality bonus tracks, Swanee River Hop and if You Need Me, are included and, for the first time on reissue, the instrumental introduction to I Lived My Life can be heard. Furthermore, a lot of new information is provided in the fascinating and highly detailed notes written by Domino biographer Rick Coleman. Fats Domino's smile is devastating, his music is uplifting and he remains a unique artist with an immediately recognisable sound.

This CD covers a historic period of his career where he started the move from gutsy boogie'n'blues to rock'n'roll,from black audiences to world-wide super-stardom. It's another vivid snapshot of rock'n'roll history and portends Fats' influence on the forthcoming sound of swamp-pop. Let's all go to the Mardi Gras!

Article properties: Fats Domino: Early Imperial Singles Vol.2 (CD)

  • Interpret: Fats Domino

  • Album titlle: Early Imperial Singles Vol.2 (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 1997
  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667164924

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Domino, Fats - Early Imperial Singles Vol.2 (CD) CD 1
01 Going To The River
02 Mardi Gras In New Orleans
03 Please Don't Leave Me
04 The Girl I Love
05 You Said You Love Me
06 Rose Mary
07 Don't Leave Me This Way
08 Something's Wrong
09 Little School Girl
10 You Done Me Wrong
11 Baby Please
12 Where Did You Stay
13 You Can Pack Your Suitcase
14 I Lived My Life
15 Don't You Hear Me Calling You
16 Love Me
17 I Know
18 Thinking Of You
19 Don't You Know
20 Helping Hand
21 Ain't It A Shame
22 La-La
23 All By Myself
24 Troubles On My Own
25 Poor Me
26 I Can't Go On
27 Bo Weevil
28 Don't Blame On Me
29 Swanee River Hop
30 If You Need Me
Fats Domino Obituary Like the great Louis Armstrong before him, Fats Domino was a... 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 health 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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Domino, Fats - Early Imperial Singles Vol.2 (CD) CD 1
01 Going To The River
02 Mardi Gras In New Orleans
03 Please Don't Leave Me
04 The Girl I Love
05 You Said You Love Me
06 Rose Mary
07 Don't Leave Me This Way
08 Something's Wrong
09 Little School Girl
10 You Done Me Wrong
11 Baby Please
12 Where Did You Stay
13 You Can Pack Your Suitcase
14 I Lived My Life
15 Don't You Hear Me Calling You
16 Love Me
17 I Know
18 Thinking Of You
19 Don't You Know
20 Helping Hand
21 Ain't It A Shame
22 La-La
23 All By Myself
24 Troubles On My Own
25 Poor Me
26 I Can't Go On
27 Bo Weevil
28 Don't Blame On Me
29 Swanee River Hop
30 If You Need Me