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Notes from Night Train
Sunday 3-6AM by Mike Marti

Featured Artist: Fats Domino 5/3/98

    On Sunday, May 3, 1993 I will be doing a feature on Fats Domino from 3:00-4:30 AM. He was born Antoine Domino on May 10, 1928, in New Orleans, LA. As a child he played piano, sang and performed in public at the age of 10. Fats continued with music into and through his childhood and joined the Dave Bartholomew Band in the mid 40’s.
    Fats signed a contract with Imperial Records in 1949. His first record to be released was called The Fat Man and reached the R&B charts in 1950. The record became a million seller and became the source of his nick name "Fats."
    Fats Domino exploded onto the rock-’n-roll scene in 1955 with his song, "Ain’t That a Shame." He continued to write songs for Dave Bartholomew, many of which became hits. In 1956 his put five songs in the top forty, including "I’m In Love Again" and Fats’ rendition of a song that had reached number one for Glenn Miller in 1940, "Blueberry Hill." The latter went to reach number two and was Domino’s highest charting record ever.
    His popularly soared when in 1957 he appeared in a move that many consider to be the best rock-’n-roll movie ever made, "The Girl Can’t Help It." He sang his hit "Blue Monday."
    Fats had a smoky voice with a bit of New Orleans-style accent derived from his first language of French. He made music that was fun to listen to and in addition to his pounding piano you could hear a sax riff form Herb Hardesty or Lee Allen.
    Fats Domino has his final top ten songs in 1960 which included "Walking to New Orleans." He also recorded some old Hank Williams songs such as "Jambalaya" and "You Win Again" and old standards such as "Red Sails in the Sunset." He made more films along the way, including "Shake, Rattle and Roll." Fats played Las Vegas frequently and recently in Great Britain his tour was cut short due to health problems.
    Fats still lives in New Orleans with his wife Rosemary, with whom he has had eight children. His awards are many, including Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards. He recorded 23 gold singles, most of them during rock-’n-roll’s formative years, 1955-60.
    Tune in on Sunday’s from 3-6 AM when I will play the best music from the 50’s to the 70’s, including R&R, R&B, Jazz and Folk, with featured artist profiles for the first half of each show. Feel free to call and request artists for this feature.

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