Air Week: October 30-November 5, 2015

Fats Domino, Pt. 1 – 1950-53

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature Fats Domino, who passed away on October 24th at the age of 89. He was one of the most influential and popular recording stars of both Rhythm & Blues and Rock n’ Roll music. Fats’ streak of hit records was nearly unbroken from 1950-1963 and he did it without changing his core sound. He just kept on playin’ the New Orleans boogie woogie music that he grew up with. Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. got his first recording contract in early December of 1949 as bandleader Dave Bartholomew introduced him to Lew Chudd, the head of LA’s Imperial Records. Within days, they were in Cosimo Matassa’s famous J&M studios cutting Fats’ first record, “The Fat Man,” which sold over one million copies and made him a star. In part one of this two part series, Matt The Cat will spin the A and B sides of EVERY Fats Domino R&B charting single from 1950 to 1953. Part 2 will pick it up and spin the charting singles up through Domino’s big Pop crossover success with “Ain’t It A Shame” in 1955. We’re diggin’ on the R&B roots of the late, great Fats Domino, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”