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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"I Want to Walk You Home" (1959)

Domino – like Buddy Holly – was the rock originator who knew how to pour some sugar on his rhythmic fire. The innocence and devotion of this song, a piano stroll about taking a stroll that went to Number Eight, is absolutely overwhelming. How devoted is the singer? He doesn't just want to walk the song's subject home, he hopes he can keep walking her right down the aisle. At the one-minute mark Fats makes his plea so simply and universally, it's impossible to deny: "I want to hold your hand." Across the Atlantic, Lennon and McCartney were taking notes. 

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