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Fats Domino
Born: February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Lo
Active: '40s-2010s Major
Styles: New Orleans R&B, Rock & Roll, Early R&B
Instrument: Vocals Representative
Albums: "My Blue
Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino", "They Call Me the Fat
Man: The Legendary Imperial Recordings", "Legends of the 20th Century" Representative
Songs: "Blueberry Hill", "Ain't That a Shame", "Blue Monday"

UPC Type Title
792014070925 CD 20 Greatest Rock N' Roll Hits
715187737822 CD All-Time Greatest Hits
894231464621 CD Blueberry Hill & Other Favorites
5035462110771 (i) CD Blueberry Hill
3299039942529 (i) CD Collector
029667159722 (i) CD Early Imperial Singles 1950-52
8436542014205 (i) CD Fabulous Mr. D + a Lot of Dominos
724353760021 CD Fats Domino Jukebox
715187753822 CD Fats Domino: Vol. 1-Best of Live Fats Domin
715187753921 CD Fats Domino: Vol. 2-Best of Live Fats Domin
093652291025 CD Fats Domino: Vol. 3-Legendary Imperial Recordings
029667045728 (i) CD Fats Domino: Vol. 4-Imperial Singles
029667164924 (i) CD Fats Domino: Vol. 2-Imperial Singles
029667168922 (i) CD Fats Domino: Vol. 3-Imperial Singles
029667048026 (i) CD Fats Domino: Vol. 5-Imperial Singles 1962-64
724357144421 (i) CD Fats Domino: Collection
5017261209597 (i) CD Fats Domino: Vol. 1-2-Million Sellers
5017261209573 (i) CD Fats Domino: Vol. 1-2-Rare Dominos
5099950235124 CD Greatest Hits-New Orleans Is My Home
724381766927 CD Greatest Hits
805520021388 (i) CD King of New Orleans Rock 'N' Roll
826663200195 DVD Legends of New Orleans: Music of Fats Domino
075678175121 CD Live at Montreux
607396624720 CD Live From Austin Texas
607396610327 CD Live From Austin Texas
607396802920 DVD Live From Austin Texas
4000127155412 (i) CD Out of New Orleans
094638721420 CD Platinum
4000127168252 (i) CD Rocks
693723978529 CD Sentimental Journey-Live at the University of New
724353737429 CD Walking to New Orleans

Biography: The most popular exponent of the classic New Orleans R&B sound, Fats Domino sold more records than any other black rock & roll star of the 1950s. His relaxed, lolling boogie-woogie piano style and easygoing, warm vocals anchored a long series of national hits from the mid-'50s to the early '60s. Through it all, his basic approach rarely changed. He may not have been one of early rock's most charismatic, innovative, or threatening figures, but he was certainly one of its most consistent.

Domino's first single, "The Fat Man" (1949), is one of the dozens of tracks that have been consistently singled out as a candidate for the first rock & roll record. As far as Fats was concerned, he was just playing what he'd already been doing in New Orleans for years, and would continue to play and sing in pretty much the same fashion even after his music was dubbed "rock & roll."

The record made number two on the R&B charts, and sold a million copies. Just as important, it established a vital partnership between Fats and Imperial A&R man Dave Bartholomew. Bartholomew, himself a trumpeter, would produce Domino's big hits, co-writing many of them with Fats. He would also usually employ New Orleans session greats like Alvin Tyler on sax and Earl Palmer on drums -- musicians who were vital in establishing New Orleans R&B as a distinct entity, playing on many other local recordings as well (including hits made in New Orleans by Georgia native Little Richard).

Domino didn't cross over into the pop charts in a big way until 1955, when "Ain't That a Shame" made the Top Ten. Pat Boone's cover of the song stole some of Fats' thunder, going all the way to number one (Boone was also bowdlerizing Little Richard's early singles for pop hits during this time). Domino's long-range prospects weren't damaged, however; between 1955 and 1963, he racked up an astonishing 35 Top 40 singles. "Blueberry Hill" (1956) was probably his best (and best-remembered) single; "Walking to New Orleans," "Whole Lotta Loving," "I'm Walking," "Blue Monday," and "I'm in Love Again" were also huge successes.

After Fats left Imperial for ABC-Paramount in 1963, he would only enter the Top 40 one more time. The surprise was not that Fats fell out of fashion, but that he'd maintained his popularity so long while the essentials of his style remained unchanged. This was during an era, remember, when most of rock's biggest stars had their careers derailed by death or scandal, or were made to soften up their sound for mainstream consumption. Although an active performer in the ensuing decades, his career as an important artist was essentially over in the mid-'60s. He did stir up a bit of attention in 1968 when he covered the Beatles' "Lady Madonna" single, which had been an obvious homage to Fats' style. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi