66. Blue Monday – Fats Domino – 1956

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Blue Monday” is a song originally written by Dave Bartholomew, and first recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1954.

It was later popularized in a recording by Fats Domino in 1956, on Imperial Records (catalog # 5417), on which the songwriting credit was shared between Bartholomew and Domino. Most later versions have credited Bartholomew and Domino as co-writers. Fats Domino’s version was featured in the 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It. It was included on the 1957 album This Is Fats and the 1959 album Fats Domino sings 12,000,000 Records.

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  • Although many musicians have recorded Bartholomew’s songs, his partnership with Fats Domino produced some of his greatest successes. In the mid 1950s they wrote more than forty hits for Imperial Records, including two songs that reached Number One on the Billboard R&B chart “Goin’ Home” and “Ain’t That a Shame“.
  • Domino finally crossed into the pop mainstream with “Ain’t That A Shame” (1955), which hit the Top Ten, though Pat Boone characteristically hit No. 1 with a milder cover of the song that received wider radio airplay in a racially-segregated era.
  • Domino appeared in two films released in 1956: Shake, Rattle & Rock! and The Girl Can’t Help It.
  • Blue Monday became one of the earliest rhythm and blues songs to make the Billboard magazine pop music charts, peaking at number five and reaching the number one spot on the R&B Best Sellers chart.
  • McCartney reportedly wrote the Beatles song “Lady Madonna” in emulation of Domino’s style.
  • Domino did manage to return to the “Hot 100” charts one final time in 1968—with his own recording of “Lady Madonna”.
  • By the end of his career, Domino was credited with more charted rock hits than any other classic rock artist except for Elvis Presley.
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3 responses »

  1. So cool! Not exactly high energy rock but like an inexorable force that just rolls on, you know it’s going to collect all it touches and carry it on. Very very cool track.

  2. Pingback: Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame | mostly music

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