The Fats Domino Story

As one might expect there will be a plethora of shallow obituaries and a flurry of mediocre books but the best sources and likely to remain so are Rick Coleman’s Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Joseph Lauro’s The Big Beat: The Story of Fats Domino and His Band (available on DVD), the latter drawing on the former and featuring Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary and several other notables (some amazing footage of Dave letting rip). Some supplementary viewing recommendations include Fats Domino: Walkin’ Back to New Orleans, The Legends of New Orleans: The Music of Fats Domino and the three keyboard titans Fats & Friends. Below is my favourite shot of Fats and a couple of shots of my pilgrimage to Fats’ pre-Katrina house.