The Legendary Imperial Recordings, Part 2 of 4
We will talk about the most productive years of Fats and his friend and song writing partner Dave Bartholomew. In this very short two year period, not only would Fats Domino crack the Pop Market, at times he would own it (except for that guy Elvis).
Antoine “Fats” Domino
1955 – 1957
1956 / Ed Sullivan / Blueberry Hill /
Fats Domino Recordings
Domino’s first album, Carry on Rockin’, was released under the Imperial imprint, #9009, in November 1955 and subsequently reissued as Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino in 1956.
Combining a number of his hits along with some tracks which had not yet been released as singles, the album went on under its alternate title to reach #17 on the Pop Albums” chart.
This Picture was taken in April, 1956, by Gary with a Kodak Brownie Camera.
His 1956 up-tempo version of the 1940 Vincent Rose, Al Lewis & Larry Stock song, “Blueberry Hill” reached #2 in the Top 40, was #1 on the R&B charts for 11 weeks, and was his biggest hit. “Blueberry Hill” sold more than 5 million copies worldwide in 1956-57. The song had earlier been recorded by Gene Autry, and Louis Armstrong among many others.
He had further hit singles between 1956 and 1959, including “When My Dreamboat Comes Home” (Pop #14), “I’m Walkin” (Pop #4), “Valley of Tears” (Pop #8), “It’s You I Love” (Pop #6), “Whole Lotta Loving” (Pop #6), “I Want to Walk You Home” (Pop #8), and “Be My Guest” (Pop #8).
Domino appeared in two films released in 1956: Shake, Rattle and Rock and The Girl Can’t Help it. On December 18, 1957, Domino’s hit “The Big Beat” was featured on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
I’m in Love Again from 1956 (rare)
November 2, 1956: A riot breaks out at Fats Domino’s show in Fayetteville, NC, with police resorting to tear gas to break up the unruly crowd. Fats jumped out of a window to avoid the melee; he and two other band members were slightly injured. Fayetville NC 11/02/56