February 26th marks the 92nd anniversary of the birth of one of the true pioneers of Rock N’Roll..Antoine “Fats” Domino. He had 11 Top Ten hits between 1955 and 1960, and sold over 65 million records! Born and raised in New Orleans, he was the youngest of 8 children. His first song “The Fat Man” in 1949 is widely regarded as a predecessor to Rock N’Roll. Fats achieved pop success in 1955 with “Ain’t That A Shame”. And “Blueberry Hill”, a song that dated back to 1940, was released in September, 1956, and became his biggest hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard chart, and staying at #1 on the R&B chart for 11 weeks. He died in October, 2017 at the age of 89.
On Wayback Wednesday we salute Fats Domino with a live 1986 performance of “Jambalaya”, featuring amazing extended Sax solos by Lee Allen (with the glasses), and Fred Kemp, his bandleader. Watch and see if you don’t find this as fantastic as I do!