Fats Domino

The Fat Man [Sundazed]

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Contrary to popular belief, all early rock & rollers didn't get gypped. Fats Domino didn't, or if he did, he has yet to go public with details. The singer/pianist lived lavishly. Ebony Magazine did a pictorial of his round pink house in New Orleans way back when; he sported blinding diamonds, flashy sequined outfits, had a big toothy smile, made a ton of hits, and ladies said he looked good for a big guy. He wrote a large percentage of what he recorded, usually with Dave Bartholomew. If all your Domino is on vinyl or cassette, these 32 prime tracks on CD will be a godsend. The man who helped put New Orleans' music scene on the map glitters as bright as his jewelry on "Blueberry Hill," "Blue Monday," "Ain't That a Shame," "I'm Walking," and others, including the little-known "Be My Guest," written by Tommy Boyce and Ernie Marascalco; Domino also received writing credit for recording the song. (Domino was a big star, so Boyce and Marascalco acquiesced to get the cut.) With so many Fats Domino compilations available, picking one is laborious, but Fat Man is a good as any.