FATS DOMINO - The Gold Collection - Classic Performances (1997)
They call him the Fat Man. With his easy-rolling boogie-woogie piano and smooth rhythm & blues vocals, Antoine “Fats” Domino put a New Orleans-style spin on what came to be known as rock and roll. A pianist, singer, and songwriter who was born in the Crescent City in 1928, Domino sold more records (65 million) than any Fifties-era rocker except Elvis Presley. Between 1950 and 1963, he cracked the pop Top Forty thirty-seven times and the R&B singles chart fifty-nine times. Domino’s biggest songs are as winning as his broad smile. They include “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” “I’m Walkin’,” “Blue Monday” and “Walking to New Orleans.” Domino was born into a musical family and, like such New Orleans piano greats as Professor Longhair and Amos Milburn, began performing for small change in local honky-tonks while working odd jobs to make ends meet. By 1949, Domino had become a fixture at the Hideaway Club. That same year he met Dave Bartholomew, who became his longtime producer, bandleader and collaborator. It proved to be a fortuitous partnership that yielded a bounty of durable, straight-ahead New Orleans rhythm & blues records. While less of an outgoing personality than some of his extroverted rock and roll contemporaries, Domino exhibited staying power based on the solid musicality of his recordings and live performances. In short, he all but dominated the Fifties, insofar as rock and roll was concerned. HERE
DISC 1: 01. The Fat Man 02. Blueberry Hill 03. Domino Twist 04. What a Price 05. Let the Four Winds Blow 06. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) 07. Medley: I'm in Love Again/Honey Chile 08. Red Sails in the Sunset 09. Ain't That a Shame 10. Medley: So Long/Natural Born Lover/CC Rider 11. I'm in the Mood for Love 12. I Want to Walk You Home 13. I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday 14. Whole Lotta Lovin' 15. Blue Monday
DISC 2: 01. I'm Ready 02. Walking to New Orleans 03. My Girl Josephine 04. Kansas City 05. Please Don't Leave Me 06. Ballin' the Jack 07. So Long 08. I'm Walkin' 09. When the Saints Go Marching In 10. Why Don't You Do Right? 11. Heartbreak Hotel 12. I'm in Love Again 13. Be My Guest 14. Goin' Home
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