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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"My Blue Heaven" (1956)

The flip side to "I'm in Love Again" was a revved-up rendition of the pop hit "My Blue Heaven," which was originally a Number One hit for Gene Austin when it came out in 1927. But where the original was an easygoing love song soundtracked with a little piano and clarinet, Fats Domino cranked the tempo, added a backbeat and sang it with an upbeat optimism. You can hear the importance of Domino's performance – which stayed on the chart for 13 weeks and made it up to Number 19 in 1956 – in Frank Sinatra's recordings of the tune. In 1950, the Chairman crooned it as a swingin' jazz number but by 1960 when he redid it, it wasn't quite a rocker but it had a brisk pace and the closest thing to a backbeat found on any Sinatra tune.

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