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I feel like "Blueberry Hill" might be the first song from that era I really knew, simply because Richie Cunningham would break into the first lines of it on Happy Days episodes.

When I was in college in the Seventies my car only had AM radio. The only listenable station had an oldies format playing music from the Fifties and early Sixties and Fats Domino was a regular part of their rotation. Based on what I have been reading, he sounds like a genuinely good guy who didn't much care for the spotlight.

Domino was terrific, particularly when paired with producer Dave Bartholomew -- when the two of them collaborated, it brought them both their greatest successes. 

Here's one of their lesser-known collaborations, "Let the Four Winds Blow" -- a big song, but not one of the colossal ones like "Walkin' " and "Ain't that a Shame." I love the carefree nature of it. 


My Mom was a teenager when Fats hit it big, and she used to play some of his old 45s when I was little.  I remember dancing around to "When the Saints Go Marching In."

He had a small role in Any Which Way You Can (1980). The IMDB also lists him as having appeared in two pop music movies in the 1950s.

I remember that role.  The movie itself wasn't all that but Fats singing "Whiskey Heaven" was great.

I have a Christmas album he released in the early 90s called Christmas Is A Special Day.  It contains two original compositions, "I Told Santa Claus" and the title track, plus fresh takes on a lot of overplayed Christmas tunes.

Just one of many performers I would have liked to have seen live but won't get the chance to.  RIP, Fats.

Luke Blanchard said:

He had a small role in Any Which Way You Can (1980). The IMDB also lists him as having appeared in two pop music movies in the 1950s.

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