Fats Domino Legendary Masters Series No. 1

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Fats Domino Legendary Masters Series No. 1
(1970)  UA label. Two LP set original issue gatefold jacket with booklet attached.  Mono recordings. Purchased at Record Surplus in Los Angeles in early 1990.  Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. was born in New Orleans in the Lower Ninth Ward in 1928.  His boogie woogie, jump-blues piano and vocals made him the best selling black recording artist in the 1950’s.  This collection includes songs recorded in 1949 until 1961.

SIDE ONE

  1. The Fat Man  (2:35)
  2. Hey La Bas  (2:25)
  3. Goin’ Home  (2:10)
  4. Please Don’t Leave Me  (2:30)
  5. Goin’ To The River  (2:29)
  6. Ain’t That A Shame  (2:25)
  7. Poor, Poor Me  (2:16)

SIDE TWO

  1. I’m In Love Again  (2:00)
  2. When My Dreamboat Comes Home  (2:23)
  3. Blueberry Hill  (2:19)
  4. My Blue Heaven  (2:04)
  5. The Rooster Song  (2:03)
  6. I’m In The Mood For Love  (2:40)
  7. Blue Monday  (2:14)

SIDE THREE

  1. I’m Walkin’  (2:02)
  2. It’s You I Love  (2:09)
  3. The Big Beat  (2:00)
  4. Valley Of Tears  (1:59)
  5. I Want You To Know  (1:55)
  6. Whole Lotta Lovin’  (1:38)
  7. I Wanna Walk You Home  (2:21)

SIDE FOUR

  1. I’m Ready  (2:21)
  2. Yes, My Darling  (1:57)
  3. I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday  (2:02)
  4. Walking To New Orleans  (1:54)
  5. Be My Guest  (2:00)
  6. I Hear You Knockin’  (1:54)
  7. Let The Four Winds Blow  (2:01)

So many of these songs are well known, often used in movie soundtracks or tv shows. The zoot-zoot-zoot sound of the saxophone, the easy lyrics about walkin’, lovin’, or goin’ and the 2 minute length give you just the right slice of 1950’s rock and roll pie.  When I purchased this LP set, I did so because I had such fond memories of playing my grandmother’s Fats Domino 45’s whenever I visited her.  She had many Fats Domino singles all lined up in a little brass rack with wooden handles. Now I own (through inheritance) her 45’s along with the brass record rack.

In researching Fats Domino facts to write this post I see he is still alive.  I hope someone has had the foresight to document Fats Domino’s life and career through interview.  I have questions: he had eight children do they play music? In New Orleans how did he manage the time during and since Katrina?  Is he still receiving all the royalties that he should be receiving?  His time of fortune and fame was important as he broke barriers and defined the genre.  So many in his time were ripped off by criminal contracts and poor representation.  For all the joy and fun he brought the world I hope his legacy has been protected and enriching for his heirs.

Fats Domino Legendary Masters Series No. 1

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