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 1956 Hallmark Recordings 2:27
No Image 1960 2:25
Ain't That a Shame [15 Tracks] 1970 2:25
American Graffiti 1973
Original Soundtrack
MCA 2:26
No Image 1982 FAME
No Image 1984 Creole Down Home Records
No Image 1987 Warwick
Rockin' Fifties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:25
Collection 1988 EMI
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1989
88
Allegiance Records
My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino 1990 EMI Music Distribution 2:33
They Call Me the Fat Man: The Legendary Imperial Recordings 1991 Capitol / Universal 0:00
Whole Lotta Rock'n'roll 1991 Pair 0:00
No Image 1992 EMI / Liberty 2:32
No Image 1992
Original Soundtrack
Giant 0:00
Gold Collection [Deja Vu] 1992 Deja Vu 2:15
Cruisin' 1955 1993
Various Artists
Increase Records 2:24
Out of New Orleans 1993 Bear Family Records 2:27
The Best Of Fats Domino [Timeless] 1994 Timeless Treasures 2:19
No Image 1994 Prime Cuts 2:22
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
No Image 1995 SMS
Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 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
EP Collection 1996 See For Miles Records 2:26
Double Gold Hits, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Public Music 2:36
No Image 1996 Polygram
Greatest Hits [EMI] 1997 CEMA Special Markets 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
Roots of Rock N' Roll, Set #2 1997 CRG
Blueberry Hill: Roots of Rock N Roll 1998 Valmark 2:31
Cruisin' [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
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
Greatest Hits [Dj Specialist] 1998 DJ Specialist 2:25
22 Greatest Hits 1998 King 2:31
Hot Rod Box Set 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:35
October Sky 1999 Sony Music Distribution 2:24
40 Hits: 1955-1959 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:26
Domino Effect 1999 Charly Records 2:24
Legends of the 20th Century 1999 Capitol / EMI Records 2:26
The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Album of All Time 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:33
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 2:33
50 Greatest Hits 2000 Double Platinum 2:25
New Millennium 50's Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
Greatest R&R Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
EMI 2:25
Story 2000 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:28
Gold Collection [Import 2001] 2001 Fine Tune 2:28
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
Rock & Roll Classics 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 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
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 2:24
The Fat Man Sings [EMI] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:27
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 2:28
American Graffiti, Vol. 2 2002
Original Soundtrack
DJ Specialist 2:35
Memory Lane 2002 Brentwood Records 2:32
Fats Domino [Time Music] 2002 Time Music 2:22
The Legends Collection: Rock 'n' Roll Teenagers 2002
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:31
No Image 2002 EMI 2:32
Rocking on Rampart 2003 Proper Pairs 2:27
Essential Fats Domino 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:26
20 Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Hits 2003 Teevee Records 2:29
Rock and Roll Giant 2003 American Legends 2:31
Roots of Rock [Acrobat] 2003
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:23
Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Liberty 2:29
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:25
Rock N Roll: Gold Collection 2004
Various Artists
Dejavu Retro 2:22
Golden Era of the 50's [Bonus DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:18
Very Best of Rock N Roll 2005
Various Artists
Disky
100 Rhythm & Blues Classics 2005
Various Artists
Castle Pulse 0:00
Ain't That a Shame, Blueberry Hill 2005 Musicpro 2:25
The Best of Fats Domino [EMI] 2006 EMI Music Distribution 2:27
Rhythm & Blues: The Golden Era 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:25
New Orleans R&B Outbreak 2007
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:25
Greatest Hits: Walking to New Orleans 2007 Capitol / EMI Records 2:29
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:29
Pure: Rock and Roll 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:26
1957 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:23
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:25
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:26
Rolling Stone: The Pioneers of Rock 'N' Roll 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:33
Superhits Collection 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:26
Original Hits: Rock 'N' Roll 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:26
All Hits! 52 Original Recordings 2010 Goldies 2:26
Greatest Ever! Rock 'N' Roll Legends: The Definitive Collection 2010
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:23
Million Sellers by Fats, Vols. 1-2 2010 Beat Goes On 2:28
Massive Hits: Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
4 Gold / EMI / EMI Gold 2:27
The Pop Years: The 50s 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:27
Juke Box Jive: Essential Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
Metro Select 2:24
I'm Walkin': His Greatest Hits 2011 ZYX / ZYX Music 2:32
Good Vibrations [EMI] 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:25
My Kind of Music: The Rock 'n' Roll Years! 2011
Various Artists
Union Square / Union Square Music / USM Media 2:25
The Cruisin' Story 1955-1960 2011
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:27
Heartbeats & Heartaches 2011
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:26
Music That Inspired American Graffiti 2012
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:27
Domino Delights 2012 Cherished Records
300 Hits: Love Songs 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:27
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:29
The Fats Domino Collection 2016 10Ten Media / Zebralution
The Complete Imperial Singles 2017 Capitol / Universal 2:26
100 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll Love Songs
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:26
No Image EMI 2:32
300 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:27
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:24
No Image
Various Artists
Parlophone / Warner Music / WEA 2:28
No Image
Various Artists
10Ten Media / Zebralution 2:23
Hits & Stars
Various Artists
Bella Musica / Bella Musica Edition / Zebralution 2:27
Original Oldies of the Fifties, Vol. 12
Various Artists
Just for Records
No Image
Various Artists
Liberty 2:30
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
Rock 'n' Roll Hits [ZYX]
Various Artists
ZYX / ZYX Music 2:24
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
No Image Capitol / Parlophone 2:28
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: R&B Gems - 1954-1955 [1]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
No Image Phantom
Way It Was: Rock Around the Clock the 50's
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:27