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Michael Penn
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 9:09am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

A pioneer, an architect, a master!
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John Byrne
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Sad to hear of this.
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Robbie Parry
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Truly the end of an era.

My favourite genre, heavy metal, owes a debt of gratitude to the likes of rock and roll, blues, etc. Metal would not exist without pioneers like Fats Domino paving the way with their music (one of many).
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I genuinely didn't know he was still alive. Certainly a pioneer and blessed with a great voice and proven talent for crafting rock and roll tunes. Blueberry Hill is the first song that comes to mind in association with him (one of those curios that rock often throws up is that his biggest hit was written by someone else), but I'm Walkin' and Ain't That A Shame are classics of the early period of Rock & Roll. 

Another curio is his cover of Lady Madonna -- Paul McCartney has said his vocal was basically a Fats Domino impression. Aptly enough, Domino's version sounds very similar to the Beatles original (as a comparison, his version of Lovely Rita is a million miles from Lennon). 
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Michael Penn
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"Lovely Rita" was a McCartney tune. I think it's rather a straightforward rendition following basically what the Beatles did.
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John Popa
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 2:33pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Sad to hear. Even worse, I assumed he'd passed years ago.
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Peter Martin
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I meant vocally a million miles away, but either way you're quite right, it's a McCartney song and lead vocal (think I was having some kind of absent minded confusion with Lennon's  vocal on Polythene Pam). 

Still, on Lady Madonna I think there is a vocal similarity between Domino and McCartney, whereas on Lovely Rita there is a marked difference in the way they sing. McCartney sounds much more English with the Ts in Rita and Meter and the way he says Book and Domino does some weird flattening of the note on the word Maid.


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Back in 2005, Fats' home in New Orleans was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. To help fix up his place, some fellow musicians put together a tribute album called Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. It's a great album and illuminates Fats' influence in rock and roll. And Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers did a killer cover of "I'm Walkin". I'm going to give that a spin for Fats and Tom.
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A true icon, to say the least... and the door may soon be shutting forever on the golden era of 1950's rock & roll--after the passing of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino this year, all we have left (I believe) are Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, the two remaining iconic musical links to that wonderful decade.

Digging out Fats' Greatest Hits CD tonight, in his honor, and I'm blastin' it!

RIP






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Michael Penn
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I did that, Shaun. Beyond a delight...!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 4:39pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I think Don Everly wants a word, Shaun :)
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Shaun Barry
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(I knew I must have been forgetting someone... thanks, Peter!)



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He was 89. After learning that Chuck Berry was 90 when he died, I shouldn't have been shocked by this, but I was.

Notable: he's considered one of the first rock & roll performers, but he said there was no difference between the rhythm & blues he'd been performing before the term "rock & roll" was coined and afterwards. The "title" changed and that was all. (R&B was labeled "race music" in many record stores in the 1950s.)

His death is also a reminder that many of the earliest rockers were pianists, not guitarists. (Fats, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis...) 

In any case, farewell, Antoine Domino Jr. 
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Posted: 27 October 2017 at 10:20pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply


My favorite Fats Domino song:



Brief, but brilliant!  If this doesn't get your feet tappin', or put a smile on your face...!



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