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Thursday, October 26, 2017


Rest in Peace - Antoine 'Fats' Domino 1928 - 2017

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Fats Domino’s children have released a statement after the rock and roll pioneer passed away on October 24, 2017 from natural causes at the age of 89, honoring the rock icon and thanking fans for the “outpouring of love and tribute.” The statement explains Domino “passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him.” “His music reached across all boundaries and carried him to all corners of the world,” it continues, before quoting lyrics from his 1960 song “Rising Sun.” Funeral arrangements are pending. Many celebrities have honored the rock legend, including LL Cool J, Harry Connick Jr., Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie, Samuel L. Jackson, Questlove of The Roots and more.  - Billboard

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and Big O have re-posted this classic live collection

Disc 1 (Early Show)
Track 101. Intro 1:19 (2.2MB)
Track 102. I’m Walkin’ 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 103. Hello Josephine 2:10 (3.6MB)
Track 104. Staggerlee 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 105. Let The Four Winds Blow 3:22 (5.7MB)
Track 106. Instrumental 2:32 (4.2MB)
Track 107. Shu Rah 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 108. I’m In Love Again 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 109. I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday 1:08 (1.9MB)
Track 110. Blue Monday 2:28 (4.1MB)
Track 111. I’m Ready 1:18 (2.2MB)
Track 112. Going Home 2:22 (4.0MB)
Track 113. Blueberry Hill 2:30 (4.2MB)
Track 114. Saints Come Marchin In 6:52 (11.5MB)
Track 115. Outro 0:31 (878k)
42 mins
Disc 2 (Late Show)
Track 201. I’m Walkin’ 2:35 (4.3MB)
Track 202. Blue Monday 2:20 (3.9MB)
Track 203. I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday 2:07 (3.6MB)
Track 204. I Want To Walk You Home 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 205. Let The Four Winds Blow 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 206. I’m In Love Again 3:25 (5.7MB)
Track 207. Jambalaya 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 208. Walkin’ to New Orleans 2:25 (4.1MB)
Track 209. Shake, Rattle and Roll 2:14 (3.8MB)
Track 210. Blueberry Hill 4:05 (6.9MB)
Track 211. Mardi Gras In New Orleans 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 212. Ain’t That A Shame 0:48 (1.3MB)
Track 213. So Long/CC Rider 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 214. Saints Come Marchin In 5:16 (8.9MB)

43 mins

Now it is worth my saying that Fats was never right up there in my favourites from New Orleans and though I appreciated him and this set from Big O is well worth collecting and listening to, there is something for me that means he isn't up there with Fess, Archibald and Tuts Washington, the Neville Bros, Huey Smith and the good Dr John and all those more hard core 'Nawleans' artists somehow. Maybe it is originality and Fess for example was a true artist writing all his own material for the most part but where does that leave someone like Dr John who can excel at both? I don't know and as this is the time of Fats' passing away at the ripe old age of 89 perhaps disrespectful or just the wrong time to reflect on this but he was a great great piano player and singer, he popularised the Nawleans sound and his cross over to white audiences is a tribute to all the hard work and his place history of Rock 'n' Roll is assured. He appears to have been a self effacing humble guy who didn't quite understand his fame and expressed surprise it had gone on quite so long ' It's only Rhythm and Blues' but he lived all his life in his home town and was staunchly loyal to New Orleans playing as recently as 2007 to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina - tralla hoola malla walla tee nee nah

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