Fats Domino

Ain't That a Shame

Composed by Dave Bartholomew / Fats Domino

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The pop hit parade was seldom without at least one Fats Domino platter from 1955 into the early '60s (much to the pleasure of Imperial Records boss Lew Chudd). In conjunction with his producer/arranger/trumpeter/co-composer Dave Bartholomew, Domino enjoyed a nonstop string of smashes dating back to 1950 on the R&B charts (kicked off by "The Fat Man"), and once white teens picked up on the non-threatening, rotund Crescent City piano man with the rollicking band, Domino was suddenly a rock & roll star of the first magnitude. "Ain't It a Shame" was the tune that propelled him into the pop arena once and for all; not appreciably different from a number of other waxings from the same timeframe by the Creole-inflected pianist, its stop-time breaks, a strong mid-tempo rhythm, and a hearty tenor sax break by longtime bandsman Herb Hardesty framed Domino in precisely the correct manner to entice a new demographical influx. Ironically, the track wasn't laid down at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studio in New Orleans, where Bartholomew traditionally held court, but out in Hollywood at Master Recorders (the same site where Domino would cut "Blueberry Hill" the next year) on March 15, 1955. The number sailed up to the top of the R&B charts and cracked the pop Top Ten that summer -- the latter a particularly sterling achievement, since that great scourge of legit R&B, Pat Boone, purloined "Ain't It a Shame," his bleached-out cover for Randy Wood's Dot Records vaulting to the peak of the pop charts at the same time under the grammatically correct title of "Ain't That a Shame." Good-natured Domino took it all in stride; he knew this was just the beginning.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1955 Imperial Records (Japan)
No Image 1956 Hallmark Recordings 2:27
No Image 1960 2:25
No Image 1963
American Graffiti 1973
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:26
No Image 1975 MCA
No Image 1982 FAME
No Image 1984 Creole Down Home Records
The Fat Man Live 1986 Master Dance Tones 2:32
No Image 1987 Warwick
Rockin' Fifties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:25
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1954-1955 1988
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:28
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1989 Spectrum Music
My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino 1990 EMI Music Distribution 2:33
In Concert [Polygram/Prestige Elite] 1990 Polydor
Hits of 1957 1990
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:25
They Call Me the Fat Man: The Legendary Imperial Recordings 1991 EMI Music Distribution 2:23
Whole Lotta Rock'n'roll 1991 Pair
No Image 1992 Liberty / Liberty 2:25
No Image 1992
Antoine "Fats" Domino 1992 Tomato 2:24
No Image 1992
Original Soundtrack
Giant 2:31
The Best of Fats Domino Live, Vol. 2 1992 Curb / Capitol 2:33
Cruisin' 1955 1993
Various Artists
Increase Records 2:24
Out of New Orleans 1993 Bear Family Records 2:27
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Dove
Golden Hits of the 50's & 60's 1995
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:23
R&B Essentials 1995
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:25
His Greatest Hits [Musketeer] 1995 Musketeer Records
No Image 1995 SMS
No Image 1996 ITC Masters 2:32
The Best of Fats Domino Live! 1996 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:29
That's Fats: A Tribute to Fats Domino 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:25
World of Rock N Roll 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:33
The Fat Man: 25 Classic Performances 1996 EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:23
The Fat Man Sings Live [Ronn] 1996 Ronn Records
EP Collection 1996 See For Miles Records 2:26
Double Gold Hits, Vol. 5 1996
Various Artists
Public Music
Live in Concert [Remember] 1996 Remember Records 2:32
No Image 1996 Polygram
Greatest Hits 1997 Eclipse Music Group 2:27
Hot Rod: Hot Rod Rebels 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:33
The Imperial Singles, Vol. 2: 1953-1956 1997 Ace 2:26
Good Time 50's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:25
Golden Rock & Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:30
High School Dance Classics [Crown Collection] 1997
Various Artists
Crown 2:34
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Rock 'N' Roll Legends 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:27
Blueberry Hill: Roots of Rock N Roll 1998 Valmark 2:31
Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino/Million Sellers By Fats 1998 Collectables 2:27
MVP Vintage Soul, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
MVP Records 2:24
Roots of Rock n' Roll 1998 Boxsets 2:22
American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition 1998
Original Soundtrack Highlights
MCA 2:25
Great Fats Domino: In Concert 1998 Goldies
Greatest Hits [Dj Specialist] 1998 DJ Specialist 2:25
Ultimate Legends of Rock 'N' Roll 1998
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:22
Hot Rod Box Set 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:35
40 Hits: 1955-1959 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:26
Live at Gilley's 1999 Atlantic 2:31
Hits Alive 1999 Charly Records 2:34
Legends of the 20th Century 1999 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:26
The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Album of All Time 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:33
The Fabulous Fifties: Back To The Fifties [BMG] 1999
Various Artists
BMG Special Products
No Image 2000 Lasel / Laserlight 2:25
50 Greatest Hits 2000 Double Platinum 2:25
Swings [Magic] 2000 Magic
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2000 Direct Source 2:21
Rock 'n' Roll Great 2000
Various Artists
Dog 'n Roll 2:20
50s Party Pack 2nd Edition 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:23
Story 2000 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:28
Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 [Legacy] 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:22
Gold Collection [Import 2001] 2001 Proper/Retro 2:29
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 4: The Fifties 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:26
History of R&B [Simply the Best] 2001
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 2:26
The Fat Man [Goldies] 2001 Goldies 2:32
Whole Lotta Lovin' 2001 Columbia River Entertainment Group / Allegro Corporation 2:23
Legendary Soul [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation 2:23
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
Soul Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:23
The Fat Man Sings [EMI] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:27
The Rock N' Roll Years 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:20
Rock 'N' Roll Teenagers Collection, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:31
Walking to New Orleans [Box] 2002 Capitol/EMI Records / Imperial/Capitol 2:28
The Legends Collection: Rock 'n' Roll Teenagers 2002
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:31
Rocking on Rampart 2003 Proper Pairs 2:27
Legends [EMI] 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:32
The Fabulous Fats Domino [Castle Pulse] 2003 Castle Pulse 2:30
Essential Fats Domino 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:26
Drivin' Rock 'N' Roll [Castle Pulse] 2003
Various Artists
Castle Pulse 2:32
20 Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Hits 2003 Teevee Records 2:29
Rock and Roll Giant 2003 American Legends 2:31
Hall of Fame 2003 Laserlight
Blueberry Hill [Weton] 2003 Forever Gold / Weton 2:23
Roots of Rock [Acrobat] 2003
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Rock and Roll Legend 2003 Acrobat
Capital Gold: Rock & Roll Legends 2003
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:23
The Fabulous Fifties: Back to the Fifties [Time Life] 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Las Vegas Legends [EMI] 2004
Various Artists
Virgin
Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Liberty / Liberty 2:29
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:25
Non Stop 50's Party 2004
Various Artists
EMI 2:24
Fats Domino Live: Blueberry Hill 2004 Synergy Distribution 2:23
Triple Treasures 2004 Triple Treasures
Good Days: Rock N' Roll 50 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Fabulous 50's [Madacy] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:17
The Greatest Rock and Roll Concert Ever [Horizon] 2005
Various Artists
Horizon 2:23
Rock 'N Roll Greats [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:26
Hits of the Fifties 2005
Various Artists
Green Hill Productions 2:26
No Image 2005 Pop Legends
Rock'n Roll Legends 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:32
Very Best of Rock N Roll 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Shake Rattle & Roll: 50 Classic Rock N Roll Hits 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:25
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Disky
No Image 2005 Delta / Delta Distribution 1:11
The Fat Man [American Legends] 2005 American Legends 2:30
Greatest Mardi Gras Concert Ever! 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:33
Rock Around the Clock [Plat] 2005
Various Artists
Goldies
Golden Legends: Fats Domino Live 2006 Madacy 2:18
The  Best of Fats Domino [EMI] 2006 Liberty
13 Top Ten Hits 2006 Direct Source 2:21
Live from Austin, TX 2006 New West 1:13
The Blues Had a Baby...They Called It Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:27
Sentimental Journey: Live at the University of New Orleans 2006 SPV / SPV Blue Label 2:23
No Image 2006 CD Horizon / Horizon
Rhythm & Blues: The Golden Era 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:25
The History of Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Deja Vu
Hit Parade 1955 2007
Various Artists
Dynamic Nostalgia / Dynamic 2:27
Essential Blues, Vol. 1: Good Singing, Good Playing 2007
Various Artists
Fuel 2000
Blueberry Hill [2007] 2007 Phantom Import Distribution / Double Pleasure 2:18
50s R&B Soul Hits [Direct Source] 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:21
101 Jukebox Classics 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:25
Fats Domino & Friends [Cleopatra] 2007 Cleopatra 2:18
Greatest Hits: Walking to New Orleans 2007 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:29
Rock and Roll of the 50s [Madacy 2007] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:20
Early Years Collection 2007 Musicpro 2:26
Blueberry Hill [Saga] 2007 Saga Records
Birth of Rock N Roll 50s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:21
Pure: Rock and Roll 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:26
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution 2:25
1957 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:23
Yesterday's Gold: 60 Golden Oldies of the 50's 2008
Various Artists
Remember Records
Immortal Soul: Essential Recordings from the Golden Age 2008
Various Artists
Nordstrom
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Delta 2:28
Rock 'N' Roll: The Essential Collection 2008
Various Artists
Avid Jazz / West End Records 2:26
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Cheap O Lata / WG Productions
Well Worn Grooves: Golden Oldies of the 50's 2008
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:26
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:25
25 Best: Hits of the 1950's 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:18
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:26
The Big Beat: The Hits & More 1950-1957 2008 Great Voices of the Century 2:28
Best of Fats Domino Live, Vols. 1-2 2008 Curb 2:33
Music Inspired by American Graffiti 2008
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:27
50's Super Hits 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:26
Best of the 50's [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:20
Only the Best of Fats Domino 2008 Collectables 2:27
Rolling Stone: The Pioneers of Rock 'N' Roll 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:33
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Golden Decade / Membran 2:26
The Rock 'N' Roll Roadshow 2008
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:25
No Image 2008
Various Artists
St. Clair
Rock 'N' Roll Hits: Original 50's Recordings 2009
Various Artists
Dance Street 2:25
The Roots of John Lennon 2009
Various Artists
Red Snapper Records / Snapper 2:28
When Dad Was a Lad: Hits of the Fifties 2009
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 2:22
Oldies But Goodies [Madacy] 2009
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:18
Rock 'N' Roll Greats: Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On 2009
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:25
100 Hits of the 50s [Tring]
Various Artists
Tring 2:32
No Image EMI Digital / EMI Music Distribution 2:25
25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Tring 2:34
Blueberry Hill [Black Tulip] Black Tulip 2:31
Blueberry Hill: The Greatest Hits Soundwing 2:30
De Pre Historie: 1955, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 2:27
Legends of Rock 'N' Roll [Emm]
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMM
Live from Austin, TX New West
Original Oldies of the Fifties, Vol. 12
Various Artists
Just for Records
No Image
Various Artists
Liberty 2:30
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
No Image Phantom
Twogether Rock N Roll
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
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