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'm Walkin'" (1957)

Fats Domino was the pinnacle of his commercial career when he cut "I'm Walkin'" on January 3rd, 1957, with drummer Earl Palmer, bassist Frank Fields and saxophonist Herb Hardesty. "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" where still on the charts and all over the radio. Domino wrote the tune with his longtime collaborator Dave Bartholomew, but this one had more of a country flavor than his recent hits. Bartholomew said he knew the song would be a hit when he called in a couple of children from the street to come in and hear the song in the studio. They immediately started dancing. "The only record I ever really felt that we had a big hit on was 'I'm Walkin'," Bartholomew said. "You put the clarinet in and you got traditional jazz. You got Dixieland." The was an enormous hit, and took on a new life at the end of the year when Ricky Nelson played it on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, introducing it to a whole new audience. It also launched his own career as a teen rock star. 

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