Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew: Video Resources

Fats Domino had a very charismatic performance style that captivated audiences around the world.  Here are some classic performances of his best renditions.

Click on each still to watch the corresponding clip.

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Rock Hall Landmark Dedication - J&M Studios (Sept 2010)

On Friday, September 24, 2010, J&M Studios was officially designated as a rock and roll landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  From 1947-1956, J&M Studios (838-840 N. Rampart), owned and operated by Cosimo Matassa, produced the records that helped give birth to rock and roll. Along with producer and arranger Dave Bartholomew, Matassa recorded sessions by pioneers Fats Domino, Little Richard, Bartholomew, Professor Longhair, Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price, Roy Brown, and Shirley and Lee, among many others.

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Lloyd Price on "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"

Hall of Fame Inductee Lloyd Price discusses the creation of his #1 R&B smash hit, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (1952), during a Hall of Fame Series event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Foster Theater on February 11, 2009.  "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" was produced by Dave Bartholomew and features Fats Domino on piano.

This event was presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall's 2009 Black History Month celebration.

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Cosimo Matassa and Earl Palmer describe working with Fats and Dave

Cosimo Matassa, founder of New Orleans' legendary J&M Studios, and Hall of Fame Inductee Earl Palmer discuss their work with Inductees Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew during a Legends Series event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Foster Theater on February 11, 2004. 

This event was presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall's 2004 Black History Month celebration.

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Cosimo Matassa and Earl Palmer discuss J&M Studios

Cosimo Matassa, founder of New Orleans' legendary J&M Studios, and Hall of Fame Inductee Earl Palmer discuss the early days of J&M Studios during a Legends Series event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Foster Theater on February 11, 2004. 

This event was presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall's 2004 Black History Month celebration.

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Dr. John discusses New Orleans' J&M Studios

Legendary New Orleans musician Dr. John discusses the significance of J&M Studios during a Legends Series event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Foster Theater on February 12, 2004. 

This event was presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall's 2004 Black History Month celebration.

 

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Fats Domino, "I'm in Love Again"

From a 1956 taping of the Steve Allen Show, this clip shows Fats developing his performance style.

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Fats Domino, "Blueberry Hill"

In this later performance, notice Domino's deepening voice, tempo changes, and tighter horn section.  The whole song has a much more swinging style, with slight modulations, or key changes, that add a different dynamism.

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