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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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Fats Domino: The Ballads Of Fats Domino (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17530
 

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32 tracks. Playing time approx. 75:56 minutes.  • 32 Fats Domino classics from his voluminous Imperial Records catalog • Some of his greatest hits are on board, including Blueberry Hill and Blue Monday • A wealth of lesser-known standout tracks as well...

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Fats Domino: Teenageparty with Mr. Domino (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive  - Limited collector's edition, order now from Bear Family's Shop and Mailorder - no terms and conditions for dealers! • 10inch LP (limited edition - colored vinyl) • 12 tracks. Unique 10inch in our 11000 collectors series •...

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Fats Domino: When The Saints Go Marchin' In - Blue Monday (7inch, 45rpm)
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Fats Domino: I'm Walkin' - I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday (7inch, 45rpm)
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Maybellene Jukebox Series

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Fats Domino: Antoine 'Fats' Domino (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD2696632X
 

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(Tomato) 34 tracks, recorded in Galveston and Houston on particulary hot nights in 1989. Linernotes by Rob Bowman with b&w photos. Sealed Cut-Out CD Set with 1-cm cut (jewelcase - see photo) - great material - bargain!

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Fats Domino: Kings Of Beat, Vol.3 - Star Club Series (LP, Ltd)
Art-Nr.: LPREP2160
 

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(1991/Repertoire) 12 tracks - Limited re-issue pressing (1.000) - new stock copy - The original LP came out 1965 on the Star-Club label in Germany

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Fats Domino: My Blue Heaven - I Hear You Knocking (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45X006
 

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​(1973/Capitol) 2-Track Single - Silver Spotlight Series, Original 50s recordings, company sleeve!

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Fats Domino: The Domino Effect (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCP8339
 

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(1998/Charly) 34 Tracks - 2-CD slipcase - Recorded live in Galveston and Houston, Texas, 1989!

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Fats Domino: Whole Lotta Lovin' - I Hear You Knocking (7inch, 45rpm)
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(1992/Collectables) 2-Track Single - With company sleeve! Original 1950s Imperial recordings!

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Fats Domino: If I Get Rich - My Old Time Used To Be (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45WB1200
 

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(1980/FD Records) 2-track single, FD Records - Fats Domino's own label! 45rpm speed. Recorded in New Orleans 1978 by Cosimo Matassa engineering! MM/Bear Family Records

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Fats Domino: Goin' Back To New Orleans - Capitol and Liberty Soul Classics Series (CD, Japan)
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(Liberty-Japan) 18 tracks, Stereo except #1,4,7,13,15,18 (41:00) including all lyrics.

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Fats Domino: Blueberry Hill (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMFP58093
 

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(1980/MFP) 14 tracks - Imperial recordings, made between 1955 and 1961 - Fantastic dynamic sound!

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Fats Domino: My Girl Josephine - I'm Ready (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6052
 

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(1992/Collectables) 2-Track Single - With Company Sleeve! Original 1950s Imperial recordings!

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Fats Domino: Whole Lotta Loving (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLL57243
 

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(EMI Canada) 12 tracks When rock was first building to the musical explosion that utterly changed pop music, Fats Domino was among those leading the charge. His pumping piano, insinuating vocals and hard-rocking band literally roared out of New Orleans, his home...

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Fats Domino: Blue Monday - I'm In Love Again (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45IMP003
 

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(Imperial) 2-Track Single - Very rare late sixties Imperial Records reissue of these 1950s Fats Domino classics!

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Fats Domino: Originals Vol.9 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP829062
 

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(1994/EMI EU) 26 tracks incl. alt. & undubbed versions. few copies

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Fats Domino: Wait And See - Valley Of Tears (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6165
 

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(1993/Collectables) 2-Track Single - With Company Sleeve! Original 1950s Imperial recordings!

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Fats Domino: Be My Guest (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSLS50252
 

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(1974/Sunset Records) 14 Tracks - Great compilation, incl. some almost unknown tracks of 'The Fat Man'!

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Fats Domino: Blue Monday - My Blue Heaven (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6051
 

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(1992/Collectables) 2-Track Single - Original 1950s Imperial recordings!

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Fats Domino: Rock And Slow (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPEMI158348
 

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(1985/MFP) 12 tracks - Imperial recordings made between 1955 and 1962

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Fats Domino: The Fat Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWSC99049
 

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(1987/Wold Star Collection) 16 tracks

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Fats Domino: The Rock n' Roll (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD6942055
 

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(2001/Suave) 20 tracks - Digipak

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Fats Domino: Fats (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCCM2009
 

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(2009/CCM) 11 tracks (29:03) Warner Bros 1971

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Fats Domino: 16 Great Tracks - Rock and Roll Greats (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMFP415747
 

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(Music For Pleasure) 16 tracks, original 1955-1960 Mono recordings

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Fats Domino: It's Not Over 'Till The Fat Man Sings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEA90106
 

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(1990/Eagle) 14 Tracks - Soundboard recording, live in Holland, feat. Roy Montrell, Herb Hardestry, and Clarence Brown!

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Fats Domino: His Greatest Hits - Live At The Universal Ampitheatre (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMCA6170
 

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(MCA) 20 tracks, recorded live at the 'Universal Ampitheatre', August 20, 1985

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Fats Domino: The Fat Man (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGLD25430
 

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(Goldies) 32 tracks

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Fats Domino: This Is Fats Domino! (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRUM2011037
 

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(2012/RUMBLE) 12 tracks

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Fats Domino: Live From Austin, Tx (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5190
 

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(New West) 17 tracks In my humble opinion, this is the definitive Fats Domino performance ever captured CM camera. Fats of all, like his hero Louis Armstrong a generation earlier, Fats is synonymous with New Orleans. Not to mention the early days of...

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Fats Domino: Fats Is Back - Sweet Patootie - The Complete Reprise Recordings (CD, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: CDRHM7880
 

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(2004/Rhino) 29 Tracks - Complete Fats Domino on Reprise, 1968-1971! Limited and numbered edition!

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Fats Domino: Originals Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP794284
 

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​(1990/EMI Boverma) 24 tracks

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Fats Domino: Goin' Home - I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6162
 

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(1993/Collectables) 2-Track Single - With Company Sleeve! Original 1950s Imperial recordings!

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Fats Domino: 50 Greatest Hits (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDBP102006
 

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(Double Platinum) 50 tracks incl. Poor Me, Blueberry Hill, Honey Chile, I'm Walkin, Wait And See, The Big Beat, Little Mary and more

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Fats Domino: Live From Austin TX (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNW6103
 

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CD on NEW WEST RECORDS by Fats Domino - Live From Austin TX

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Fats Domino: Originals Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP794199
 

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​(1990/EMI Boverma) 24 tracks

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Fats Domino: The Fat Man Sings (CD)
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​EMI - 20 tracks

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Fats Domino: Legends Of Rock N' Roll (CD)
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​(1992/EMI) 18 tracks

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Fats Domino: Originals Vol.12 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP829335
 

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Live in Europe

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Fats Domino: The Imperial Singles 1950-1962 (4-CD)
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(2014/Real Gone) 124 tracks

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Fats Domino: Gold Collection (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP260445
 

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(1979/Liberty) 24 tracks - Original 'Imperial' recordings - a great compilation of known and lesser known stuff - Printed and pressed in Germany - Originally sealed copies

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Fats Domino: I'm Walkin' - I Want To Walk You Home (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6053
 

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(1992/Collectables) 2-Track Single - Original 1950s Imperial recordings!

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Fats Domino: Domino After Hours - On Stage (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPR140
 

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(Redita) 21 tracks - Recorded 'live' 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Fats Domino: The Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP1979051
 

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(EMI Italy) 20 tracks - Originally sealed copy In the history of Rock 'n' Roll, Fats Domino is one of the giants who helped write the book. Born February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Antoine 'Fats' Domino was playing and singing for pennies in local honky-tonks by...

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Fats Domino: The Indispensable Fats Domino 1949-1962 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA5692
 

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(2017/Frémeaux&Associés) 120 Tracks - With 36-page booklet containing French and English notes, a discography and many photos!

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Fats Domino: Blueberry Hill (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD30310592
 

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14 tracks, rarity

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Fats Domino: Ain't That A Shame - I'm In Love Again (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6050
 

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(1992/Collectables) 2-Track Single - Original 1950s Imperial recordings!

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Fats Domino: The Natural Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTNC96223
 

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(1996/Biem/Sterma) 30 tracks

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Fats Domino: 44 Great Performances (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPLATBX2240
 

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(2004/Prism Leisure) 44 tracks, Blueberry Hill, Reeling And Rockin'

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Fats Domino: Greatest Hits - Walking To New Orleans (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEMI0235124
 

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(2007/Capitol) 30 tracks

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Fats Domino: Five Classic Albums (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAMSC1272
 

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(2017/Real Gone) 35 tracks. Five Classic Albums series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Fats Domino, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. 'The Fabulous Mr D', 'Swings', Let's Play Fats Domino', 'A Lot of Dominos' 'Let The Four Winds...

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Fats Domino: Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAB3014
 

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(Master Tone) 16 tracks

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Fats Domino: Let's Play Fats Domino (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LP6785436
 

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(Vinyl Lovers) 14 tracks Antoine 'Fats ' Domino was the only rock & roll star to appeal to every generation from the moment his seminal 'Ain't It a Shame' crossed over to the pop side of the hit tracks in the summer of 1955. Unlike his wilder counterparts...

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Fats Domino: 8 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM008
 

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(Real Gone) 101 tracks

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Fats Domino: Jambalaya - Picture Disc (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPD50001
 

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(All Round Trading) 10 tracks - Rare picture disc - Live recordings

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Fats Domino: Fats Is Back (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCCM2010
 

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(2009/Collectors Choice) 11 tracks

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Fats Domino: I Want To Walk You Home - It's You I Love (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45XW008
 

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(1973/United Artists) 2-Track Single - Silver Spotlight Series! Company Sleeve with light damages! Original 1950s Imperial recordings!

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Fats Domino: Fats Domino (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLL21453
 

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(200/Laserlight) 16 tracks

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Fats Domino: 20 Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP6187141
 

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(Companion) 20 tracks - incl. live recordings

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Fats Domino: Boogie Woogie Baby (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCHD140
 

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(1985/Ace) 18 tracks - Re-issue of the 'rare Dominos' album, which came first was released by 'Liberty/United Artists' in 1969. All recordings are 'Imperial' material made between 1950 and 1952

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Fats Domino: The Fats Domino Jukebox - 20 Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD37600
 

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(2002/EMI) 20 tracks

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