Fats Domino was born Antoine Domino on February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a legendary R&B singer/songwriter/pianist, heavily influenced by Fats Waller and Albert Ammons. He joined the Dave Bartholomew band in the mid-1940s. He was signed to Imperial record label in 1949. His charting career started from 1950 to 1968, with 61 entries on the R&B chart and 77 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He was signed to two major labels: Imperial (1950 to 1963) and ABC-Paramount (1963 – 1964). He has one charted hit on Reprise (Lady Madonna, 100/1968, his last charted song). He also starred a few movies: Shake, Rattle And Rock!, Jamboree!, The Big Beat and The Girl Can’t Help It. He teamed with co-writer Dave Bartholomew on majority of his hits. One major recent news was that people thought he was dead when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. He did not evacuate because of his wife’s poor health. Later he was found to be alive, his house rebuilt, his medals and gold records replaced. He is still alive at age 86 living in New Orleans.
If you are looking for Fats Domino’s singles collection, I would recommend the 4 CD set called The Imperial Singles 1950 – 1962 with 122 songs. This 4 CD set replaces the more expensive single CD release by Ace also called Imperial Singles, Volumes 1-4. But if you are a completist like myself, you would buy Volume 5, which also covers his 1963-1964 period with bonus tracks.
1 There are 12 songs from 1963/64 period not found anywhere, containing both a and b-sides. There are also 2 bonus tracks from his album.
2 The sound is very well remastered with no hiss.
3 All the songs are original versions. No re-recorded versions.
4 There is a nice 16-page booklet with essay and detailed discography, plus pictures of his 45 rpm single labels. Precious!
1 The price of this CD is actually higher than the Real Gone Music’s 4 CD set (through sellers)!
Although the price is not cheap, this set completes my Singles Collection on Fats Domino during his Imperial label period. I am happy with the purchase. The sound is good. But the songs are not that familiar and charted only Bubblin’ under the Hot 100. Thus, this set is more for collectors.