October 27, 2017– FATS DOMINO

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‘Spot light on a Song’

It’s the last Friday in October music fans…..and I know I should be highlighting some spooky song themes. There’s a terrific program I listened to on KEXP that played the most obscure spooky songs this week which was kind of fun.  

However, today’s song ‘spot light’ is going to focus on an artist that had some significant influence on me as a child.  He passed away this week at age 89; Fats Domino.   

There isn’t a song of his I don’t love, smile and cherish my memories when listening doesn’t bring me.  Born and stayed till his dying day in New Orleans, his musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums.

By the end of his career, Domino was credited with selling more records than any other 1950s rock and roll act except Elvis Presley. The video included depicts the times Domino’s records and tours with rock-and-roll shows in that decade.  Bringing together black and white youths in a shared appreciation of his music was a factor in the breakdown of racial segregation in the United States, one that our country still seems to experience today more than ever.  

I am an avid appreciator and dancer of the Lindy Hop, where I constantly relive the sounds of his time.  Another great musician moved on but not forgotten.  Ain’t That a Shame.

strum a little……

~Abby K