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Episode #264 – Fats Domino, Pt. 2 – 1953-55

Air Week: May 25-31, 2015

Fats DominoFats Domino, Pt. 2 – 1953-55

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature Fats Domino, one of the most influential and popular recording stars of both Rhythm & Blues and Rock n’ Roll music. Fats’ streak of hit records was nearly unbroken from 1950-1963 and he did it without changing his core sound. He just kept on playin’ the New Orleans boogie woogie music that he grew up with. Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. got his first recording contract in early December of 1949 as bandleader Dave Bartholomew introduced him to Lew Chudd, the head of LA’s Imperial Records. Within days, they were in Cosimo Matassa’s famous J&M studios cutting Fats’ first record, “The Fat Man,” which sold over one million copies and made him a star. In part two of this two part series, Matt The Cat will spin the A and B sides of EVERY Fats Domino R&B charting single from mid-1953 thru his enormous crossover success in 1955 with “Ain’t It A Shame.” That record not only spent 11 weeks on top of the R&B charts, but it also crossed over and hit #10 on the Pop charts. Pat Boone would take his cover version to #1, thus giving Fats Domino even more Pop exposure. This show will also feature some great non-charting records and fabulous instrumentals from this time period as well. So c’mon and dig the R&B roots of Fats Domino, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”


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