Antoine “Fats” Domino – Sad Day On Blueberry Hill
Fats Domino’s music stays alive
Fats Domino passed away on October 24, 2017 at the age of 89. Since I heard the news on the radio, I’ve got his music playing in loop. If not through my speakers at home, his songs continue to play in my head. I’m in mourning and trying to keep him close through listening to his music.
Enormous influence on music
Needless to say that Antoine “Fats” Domino was one of the pioneers of rock and roll, a true ambassador of the New Orleans style, and of great influence on other great musicians. Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Elton John, Ike & Tina Turner, The Beatles, Randy Newman, … The list goes on and on.
On the album Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino great musicians in their own right acknowledge Fats Domino’s influence on their work and pay tribute by an interpretation of Domino’s greatest hits. This remarkable tribute album demonstrates his influence on a whole spectrum of music worlds: the world of rock (Neil Young, Elton John, Los Lobos, Tom Petty), blues (B.B. King), country (Willie Nelson), jazz (Herbie Hancock), and even reggae (Toots & the Maytals).
My musical companion
For me, Fats Domino caught my attention as a kid listening to the local radio station hearing his catchy hits, known all over the world. My Blue Heaven, Blueberry Hill, My Girl Josephine, … His music appeals to young and old, because his songs are joyful, simple, fun to sing along. His singing and piano style are very recognizable.
As a teenager without or out of pocket money, I copied one of Fats Domino’s compilation cd’s on cassette, which I could play later on my Walkman. Maybe his music wasn’t that cool with teenagers back then, but I loved it. Meanwhile, as an honest adult “fair and square”, I’ve bought the compilation album “100 Legendary Imperial Recordings 1949-1962“. (This compilation appears to be unavailable now, but The Complete Imperial Singles seems even a better alternative.) I have enjoyed it a lot and I will continue to do so, because Fats Domino’s talent is timeless.
May you rest in peace, Mr. Domino.
… Then I rock myself to sleep
Prayin’ that I am here to keep
Then I ride the rising sun
Gee ain’t I being a lucky one
“Rising Sun”(Domino) ©1960 EMI Unart Catalog, Inc.