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Fats’ website

Surprisingly, only now has an official website for Fats been launched. Let’s hope it actually becomes content rich and not just another naff and crass exercise in merchandizing. The best source for the Fats story remains Rick Coleman’s Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll. boogie boogieFats Dominomusicnew orleansrick coleman

Happy Birthday Fats

Fats is 88! American Masters is presenting the broadcast premiere of the recent Fats Domino documentary on February 26, his 88th birthday. Fats’ comeback album is really worth a listen, short but very sweet. boogie woogieFats Dominomusicnew orleans

The first rock n’ roll single?

It is often claimed that the Bartholomew/Domino song “The Fat Man” was the first or one of the first rock ‘n roll records. Whatever, it was recorded on this date 66 years ago at the legendary J&M Studio. What I didn’t know is that it’s a variation on “Junker’s Blues” which in turn apparently morphed into “Junco Partner”.…

Fats, Dave and Mac

Good to see that Fats and Dave were able to attend this showing as per my last post. Here are some lovely shots of the three maestros, Dave ever irrepressible; Fats the quiet one. The best extended research on Fats and Dave is in the excellent book Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of…

Fats, Dave and The Big Beat

Glad to hear that this documentary has come to full fruition. Below is the blurb from the film’s Kickstarter page. The early years (1949-62) of the Fats Domino / Dave Bartholomew collaboration and its roots in the culture and music of New Orleans. ….On the day in 1948 the unlikely paths of Antoine “Fats” Domino…

Transcendental Fats

Check out mixed media artist Gina Phillips’ Fats Domino Series The piece that inspired the Fats Domino Series is called Not Fats. This piece started as a commission commemorating the nine people from New Orleans who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I did nine fabric portraits of all the…