Thursday, December 10, 2015

Vintage Video: Fats Domino Performs "The Fat Man" at the New Orleans Jazz Festival 2001

Sixty-six years ago today, on December 10, 1949, Fats Domino entered J&M Studio in New Orleans, owned by the legendary Cosimo Matassa, and recorded his first record, the first record for Imperial and what is considered one of the first rock-and-roll recordings, The Fat Man.

Written by Domino and Dave Bartholomew, the session included some of the elite of NOLA session men including Earl Palmer on drums, Frank Fields on string bass, Ernest McLean on guitar, and sax players Herbert Hardesty, Clarence Hall, Joe Harris, and Alvin "Red" Tyler.

Imperial Records released the song later that month and it peaked on the national R&B charts the next month at number 2, kicking off the career of Fats Domino who would eventually have a total of 63 charting R&B records.

Here, he performs The Fat Man at the 2001 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.