FATS DOMINO'S TOP CHART HITS COMPILED FOR NEW COLLECTION, GREATEST HITS: WALKING TO
30-Track CD and Digital Album from Capitol/EMI Features 29 Top 10 Hits, Including Eight 1s
Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans spans Domino's Imperial tenure, from his first million-selling hit, 1949's "The Fat Man" (which many have called the first rock 'n' roll record), through his mid-'50s R&B chart-toppers, including his first Top 10 Pop hit, "Ain't That A Shame" and "I'm Walkin'." The blue twosome of "Blueberry Hill" (his biggest hit) and "Blue Monday" (often cited by Fats as his favorite record) are included, and the collection's title track, "Walking To
Domino made "Blueberry Hill," previously associated with Gene Autry and Louis Armstrong, and the Tin Pan Alley artifact "My Blue Heaven" his own the moment he wrapped his Creole-inflected pipes around each of those ancient ditties. "I like old numbers like that, because they never die," said Fats. "They always keep good memories, and the older people like 'em, and the younger people like 'em."
The first musician to become a rock 'n' roll icon solely on the strength of his music and not as an image or novelty, Fats Domino was also part of many of the early touring rock 'n' roll package shows that barnstormed the country and popularized the new music.
Domino often found lyrical inspiration in the experiences of everyday folks. "Something that happened to someone, that's how I write all my songs," he said. "I used to listen to people talk every day, things would happen in real life. I used to go around different places, hear people talk. Sometimes I wasn't expecting to hear nothin', and my mind was very much on my music. Next thing I'd hear, I would either write it down or remember it good."
Even as rock 'n' roll's popularity waned as Little Richard retreated into the ministry, Elvis donned Army fatigues, and a battalion of well-scrubbed teen idols invaded from Philly, the Fat Man kept on rocking with "Whole Lotta Loving," "I'm Ready," and "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday." "Be My Guest" wafted down to
No other veteran R&B artist of his era would come close to equaling his long-term impact on rock 'n' roll, as evidenced by the wide variety of artists covering his songs, from Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Ricky Nelson and Ike & Tina Turner to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, T-Rex, Los Lobos, and Cheap Trick.
"On and off the stage, he's a true man who belongs to the public," said the late Roy Montrell, his longtime guitarist. "Everything he does, he does it with his public in mind."
He's still a man of the people, judging from the way the world waited on pins and needles when word filtered out that he was missing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's devastation.
That's how beloved a figure Fats Domino remains, not only in his native
Icons from the world of rock, blues, reggae, pop and country music have joined together to salute the genius of Fats Domino for the upcoming double CD, Goin' Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino, set for release on September 25. Goin' Home will help raise desperately needed funds specifically earmarked for instruments to be donated to
Fats Domino - Greatest Hits: Walking To
1. The Fat Man R&B 2 (1950)
2. Goin' Home R&B 1; Pop 30 (1952)
3. Going To The River R&B 2; Pop 24 (1953)
4. Please Don't Leave Me R&B 3 (1953)
5. Something's Wrong R&B 6 (1953)
6. Ain't That A Shame R&B 1 (11 weeks); Pop 10 (1955)
7. All By Myself R&B 1 (three weeks) (1955)
8. Poor Me R&B 1 (1955)
9. I Can't Go On (Rosalie) R&B 6 (1955)
10. Bo Weevil R&B 5; Pop 35 (1956)
11. Don't Blame It On Me R&B 9 (1956)
12. I'm In Love Again R&B 1 (9 weeks); Pop 3 (1956)
13. My Blue Heaven R&B 5; Pop 19 (1956)
14. When My Dreamboat Comes Home R&B 2; Pop 14 (1956)
15. So Long R&B 5; Pop 44 (1956)
16. Blueberry Hill R&B 1 (11 weeks); Pop 2 (3 weeks) (1956)
18. Blue Monday R&B 1 (8 weeks) (1956); Pop 5 (1957)
19. I'm Walkin' R&B 1 (6 weeks); Pop 4 (1957)
20. It's You I Love R&B 2; Pop 6 (1957)
22. Wait And See R&B 7; Pop 15 (1957)
23. Whole Lotta Loving R&B 2; Pop 6 (1958)
24. I'm Ready R&B 7; Pop 16 (1959)
25. I Want To Walk You Home R&B 1; Pop 8 (1959)
26. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday R&B 22; Pop 17 (1959)
27. Be My Guest R&B 2; Pop 8 (1959)
28. Walking To
29. My Girl Josephine R&B 7; Pop 14 (1960)
30. Let The Four Winds Blow R&B 2; Pop 15 (1961)
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