Fats Domino: 12 Essential Songs

From "The Fat Man" to "Blueberry Hill" and beyond, we look back at the late New Orleans hitmaker's finest

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"Blue Monday" (1956)

Domino sings the working man's blues in "Blue Monday," a song written for Smiley Lewis by Domino's frequent collaborator Dave Bartholomew. Domino's version remains faithful to the original, though his charming delivery makes the R&B cut feel even more youthful and celebratory, especially as he hits the song's end where the protagonist leaves the work week behind to go "out on the stand to play." Domino turned the song into a hit, blazing a trail for R&B records to break through to the mainstream pop charts. He performed it in the classic film The Girl Can't Help It the same year it was released. According to Domino's biographer Rick Coleman, "Blue Monday" was the singer's favorite song.

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