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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"Whole Lotta Loving" (1958)

Fats needed cooling, and he wasn't fooling. Aside from a title that would be cribbed a decade later by a certain British hard-rock act, this Domino-penned nugget offers pure hand-clappy joy, plus kissy noises in the chorus. It sounds effortless, which it apparently was: A New Orleans newspaper reporter happened to watch Domino and his band, led by longtime collaborator Dave Bartholomew, record "Whole Lotta Loving" over six quick takes one November day. "When things go right," Domino said immediately afterwards, "I can make records all day."

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