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Post by Wildcat445 Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:27 pm

My wife asked me the other day if I had any Fats Domino material. I had to admit that I didn't. I also had to admit that I am not much of a Fats Domino fan. I went upstairs into my record stash and found a couple old Fats Domino records that I got in a big bunch that I bought at auction. "Blueberry Hill" a live album from 1962 or so and "When My Dreamboat Comes Home" from 1959. Both on Mercury, and both in stereo. Fats Domino could not be called a singer in the traditional sense of the word. His voice has about as much range as the speaker in a clock radio. I had forgotten, or may not have known, that Fats was a three-finger piano pounder of considerable talent, ala Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Moon Mullican and Del Wood. The band he used was pretty good as well. I don't know whether he had his own band or used a house band. The sax player sounded suspiciously like Boots Randolph, but I would not swear to that. I was impressed with these records. I can't say that I am a Fats Domino fan even yet, but I will say that his music is pleasant and in spite of his, shall we say, different vocal stylings, the whole effort came together rather well.

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Post by 75X11 Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:36 pm

Consider what he was competing with at the time. He was a good reliable r&b performer. I was mighty young when blueberry hill and I'm walkin' were recorded, But I remember they got a lot of airplay.
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Post by Wildcat445 Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:54 pm

Of course I had heard "Blueberry Hill" played ad nauseum over the years. I had not had access to any of his album cut material. I learned something today. I experienced an artist with whom I was not familiar. R&B was not played at home. If it was not country or Lawrence Welk, I did not hear it. I almost got disowned over a Connie Francis 45 one time.

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Post by 75X11 Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:27 pm

That is one wonderful thing about recorded music. there is so much of it that even old works can be a new discovery. The old Mercury label has a lot of good r&b material.
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Post by Wildcat445 Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:39 am

Perhaps growing up collecting and playing 45's cheated me out of really getting into an artist's music. Very often I have found material on an album that I liked better than the popular song that caused me to buy the album. I bought literally a pickup load of records in 2007 and have spent all this time going thru them. I will not live long enough to go thru all those albums. Finding gems like this makes old recordings worthwhile to keep around.

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