“No, that’s the real king of rock ‘n’ roll.”
– Elvis Presley regarding Fats Domino in 1969
Innovative and influential American musician Antoine “Fats” Domino passed away this week at the age of 89. A true pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll, the above quote stated by Elvis Presley in the presence of one of his musical idols signifies how important Domino was in defining the burgeoning genre.
The New Orleans native was an alchemist in the recording studio, selling millions of gold records during his successful career that began in the early-1950s. Fats was also an accomplished and captivating performer and today’s edition of Saturday Stream presents a collection of live recordings made during his groundbreaking career.
Four releases make up the bulk of the 34-song live Spotify Playlist. Several tracks come from the legendary performer’s appearance in Montreux, Switzerland in 1973 as well as Domino’s 1986 spot on Austin City Limits. There are also highlights from his 1992 appearance at the Andorra Jazz Festival and his 2001 hometown headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
The set kicks of with Domino’s classic “Blueberry Hill” from his 1956 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show and “Let The Four Winds Blow” from a 1962 appearance on the iconic program. The rest of the collection includes Fats’ beloved recordings such as “Ain’t That A Shame,” “I’m Walkin,’” “My Blue Heaven,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hello Josephine” and what’s believed to be one of the earliest forms of rock ‘n’ roll, “The Fat Man.” Domino’’ NOLA roots shine on such favorites as “Jambalaya (On The Bayou),” “Mardi Gras In New Orleans,” “Walking To New Orleans” and others. Revisit the remarkable career of Antoine “Fats” Domino in the playlist below:
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