While Chuck Berry and Little Richard brought edge to rock n' roll, Fats Domino was every bit as influential in the creation of the world-changing genre — and he got there well before they did. No, it doesn't have anything to do with New Order, but it has everything to do with the Garfieldian view of the first day of the working week. So distinct was Fats Domino's touch in the '50s that when he turned out a version of the already well-covered tune "Blueberry Hill," he pretty much erased all memory of previous ones from the public's mind, imbuing the song with his easy-going, down home charm and twinkling piano work. So it was inevitable that at some point, the Fat Man would have to record a song about NOLA's most famous culinary export sorry, gumbo, you're a close second. Unlike a number of his biggest hits, this upbeat number also finds Fats sounding like he's having a great time. There's no loneliness or heartbreak here, just a fervent celebration of the food and attitude of his hometown.
‘The Fat Man’ (1949)
For the next five years, he was an almost constant presence on that chart, deprived of pop success by the strict segregation of the markets of the day. Then the flood gates opened, as Domino built on his core audience to become one of the most familiar and reassuring figures in the charts, on stage and even on the big screen. He finished his memorable with perhaps one of the best Fats Domino songs of all time. Even by , it had sold some 11 million copies.
Though his chart success dried up in the s, Fats Domino still sits smiling and vibrant, at the center of everything wide open and fun about American pop music. John and Percy Sledge, among many others. But Domino drew on the Louis Armstrong version when he had run out of material at a session. Producer Dave Bartholomew thought it was a terrible idea but lost the argument. Good thing, too.
This is a list of recordings by American rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll performer and songwriter Fats Domino. Over studio recordings by Fats Domino have been released in total. Some of them were the same recordings, but released under different titles, while some other recordings had the same title, but were in fact completely different songs. Certain songs have been recorded at different sessions, often in significantly different style, and are identified as different versions. Fats Domino: vocals and piano, unless instrumentals piano only , marked by instr. Fats Domino was signed to the Imperial Records label in and left it in early , when the label was sold to Liberty Records. However, dozens of his recordings for Imperial have been overdubbed with female vocal chorus from May to July and next released by Liberty. Fats Domino recorded for Mercury Records in June Domino recorded at Broadmoor Records in September