500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Fats Domino, 'Ain't It a Shame'

Writers: Dave Bartholomew, Domino
Producer: Bartholomew
Released: July '55, Imperial
13 weeks; No. 10

In the summer of 1955, "Ain't It a Shame" became Domino's first pop smash, after a string of R&B hits. Pat Boone's whitebread cover (retitled "Ain't That a Shame" — though Boone allegedly wanted it to be "Isn't That a Shame") reached Number One, but as Jerry Wexler put it, "Fats Domino is still the thing. Who cares about what's his name with the white buck shoes?"

Appears on: The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest Hits (Capitol)

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