Dave Bartholomew, was a band leader of the house band at Lew Chudd’s Imperial Records. He co-wrote a lot of the hits, with Fats.
The original Band that started the Domino Sound had Herbert Hardesty, Clarence Hall & Alvin “Red” Tyler on Tenor Sax, Bartholomew on Trumpet, Ernest McLean Guitar and one of the most recorded drummers Earl Palmer.
Now I know that Lee Allen played in the Domino traveling band and he was on a lot of the hit recordings. They all recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s Tiny Studio J & M. He was part of that Cosimo Matassa Studio thing.
Now that would be really early, maybe 1950. So to sum up, Bartholomew was the Band Leader and arranger, Allen & Hardesty played the famous tenor sax solo’s.
I will read more and see if I can find the time when they officially came together. I know for example that Allen was the sax man on “I’m in Love Again” the flip side of “My Blue Heaven“.
OK, Russ’s request: recorded April 18, 1953 and released June of 53 “Please don’t leave me“.
Fats Domino – Please Dont Leave Me