For Fats Domino's 86th birthday (yes, I attended his party at Tipitina's in NOLA a few years back): Okay, not the greatest tune I've featured here but it does have this distinction--this was the first single I ever bought on my own as a pre-teen, around 1958. My favorite TV show was Ozzie & Harriet and I loved Ricky. Suddenly he came out with a rock 'n roll song and I had to get it. Yes, it was the typical white kid covering a black man--Fats Domino, no less--but little did I know. (I guess I could call this "Fat Man and Little Boy.") Ricky couldn't sing much at the start and his attempt at a little Elvisy move is kind of pathetic but what the heck. I will take the brief James Burton guitar solo any time. And that multiple screen shot stuff--certainly ahead of its time!
Below that, Fats and Ricky do it together, many years later.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Fat Man and Little Boy
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