2016 More News
Saxophoneplayer Herb Hardesty passed away Saturday December 3 2016 at the age of 91. More information read this article:
More details about the Broadcast Premiere of The Documentary, see: article in Indiewire.
2014 More News
For more news about the new documentary "The Big Beat" by Joe Lauro, see: article in The Advocate.
2013 More News
December 2013: Fats Domino has been named honorary grand marshal of the Krewe of Orpheus, the star-studded Carnival club that traditionally parades the night before Mardi Gras. See: article in The Washington Post.
February 26, 2013: In honour of his 85th Birthday, The Times-Picayune published this article: Cheers to Fats Domino, on his 85th birthday.
With Cosimo Matassa and Dave Bartholomew (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)
2012 More News
November, 2012: The release of a new CD called "A New Year's Eve Celebration" on Back Beat CD 26228. The complete live concert recorded December 31, 1999 at Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom in New Orleans. Gospelversion of : The Lord Is Blessing Me – in slow & up tempo version. On this CD a bonus of 8 Tomato songs – but remixed versions.
Also released this year is a CD by Herb Hardesty the main tenorsax man from Fats Domino's Band on the ACE label (CDTOP 1333) with a booklet of 20 pages, rich illustrated with photographs from stage performances by Herb Hardesty and text by George Korval. Swinging instrumental music, only on two songs vocals by the band's guitarplayer Walter "Papoose" Nelson. Recorded in the period 1958-1961 for the labels King and Federal.
April 20: New Book, titled African American New Orleans, written by Kevin J. Bozant. Book description: No other city in America appreciates and celebrates the African American cultural landscape as does New Orleans. There are seventy-three distinct neighborhoods in the Crescent City. In three adjacent neighborhoods – Faubourg Tremé, Faubourg St. Mary and the French Quarter – there are more than fifty statues and historic sites honoring African American contributions to the cultural and civil rights history of New Orleans. In the fifteen neighborhoods mentioned in this book, there are well over one hundred. African American New Orleans is an essential and valuable reference for everyone visiting New Orleans; especially during Mardi Gras, Audubon Zoo Soul Fest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Essence Music Festival, Juneteenth, Satchmo Summerfest, The New Orleans Blues & BBQ Festival, The Bayou Classic and Kwanzaa. It is also a guide for residents of the New Orleans area who may not be aware of the history surrounding them. Volumes have been written about New Orleans civil rights history. Library shelves overflow with extensive works about the origins of jazz and the unique culture of the Crescent City. This book, however, is written with the visitor in mind by providing over one hundred photographs accompanied by concise, informative text describing the significance of each site. In addition, neighborhood and street addresses are provided which can be quickly located via your smart phone map application. There is also a convenient neighborhood index on page 127 to help you find sites close to your current location. This book also serves as a helpful study guide for New Orleans school students and teachers; providing a framework for discussion and further research into the fascinating social and multi-cultural fabric of African American New Orleans. (source Amazon.com)
Kindle version now available for Kindle & iPad. Paperback available at amazon.com - booksamillion.com - barnesandnoble.com - betterworldbooks.com & campusbooks.com etc.
April 18 : Dick Clark, one of the icons of the American Television, has died after suffering a heartattack, Wednesday April 18th, 2012, on the age of 82. In the late fifties and early sixties he was the host of 'American Bandstand' and the 'Dick Clark Show'. He hosted Fats Domino and his Band many times. For more about Dick Clark see: Wikipedia
Tipitina's Foundation and the Louisiana Museum Foundation have partnered to restore the Steinway grand piano salvaged from Fats Domino's flooded 9th Ward home following Hurricane Katrina. The stunning white piano will be restored to its original appearance to become the centerpiece of Louisiana State Museum's comprehensive Louisiana Music Exhibition, slated to open in 2013. For more information see: Tipitinas Foundation.(source Tipitinas Foundation March 2012 Newsletter)
Funny: In Austin Texas, you can buy a Fats Domino Burger at Hut's Hamburgers: lettuce, chopped tomatoes, pickles, mayo and mustard, jalapenos, grated cheddar cheese & spicy new orleans seasonings. (yummi yummi). They also sell a Big Bopper and a Ritchie Valens Burger.
Fats made a rare appearance at The Domino Effect at the New Orleans Arena on May 30 2009. It was a tribute to Fats Domino featuring B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ozomatli, Junior Brown, Keb’ Mo’, Wyclef Jean, and Taj Mahal, benefiting the Drew Brees Dream Foundation, which helps kids in NOLA. A DVD has been released of this remarkable event. More information at: http://tipitinasfoundation.org
A new CD called 'Give me some! Rare and Unreleased' with 20 tracks was released by Mardi Gras Records, France. I don't know if this is an official authorised release, because it's a hodge-podge of alternate takes, leftovers and a couple of old recordings, but still it is very interesting for Fats fans.The titles There you go, Three fools, Had my fun, Get you business, Matter of time are from the 1982 session in Washington. The titel ' I love you' maybe recorded in 2000 (it's not in the leaflet). 11-15 are alt.takes from the 2000 recording session. Whiskey heaven is from 1980, recorded for the Clint Eastwood film 'Any which way you can', My toot toot and Don't mess with my popey's were released as single in 1985 and issued as a joint promotion between Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits and New Orleans radio station WTTX 690am. Then there is alternate take of the ABC Paramount recording of ' Who cares' from 1963 (earlier released on CD box The Paramount Years) and a live version of 'All by myself' recorded in Montreux, Switzerland in 1973.
Recent history and some recent releases
The German based ZYX Label released in 2008 a CD called : "Fats Domino-Birthday Celebration" (FANCD 2021-2). No new recordings, but 17 live recordings from the concert "Live At The University Of New Orleans Baton Rouge, Louisiana" in 1987. The technical quality is good and his performance is intense and enthousiastic. Note the 9 minutes long version of 'Jambalaya on the Bayou'. For the complete content see the discography part of this site.
2007 - the 2CD set 'Goin' Home - A tribute To Fats Domino'
AThis CD was released in 2007. The proceeds from this recording will help revitalize Fats Domino's Lower 9th Ward neighborhood and benefit the programs of the Tipitina's Foundation, which is restoring Louisiana's unique musical cultures. Released on Vanguard Records 50999 508051 2 9. Buying this CD you will support their goal. I think it is a very strong set of new recorded covers (except of course the John Lennon recording of Ain't that a shame from 1975). For the fan it is a must have. For the complete content see the discography part of this site.
2006 - The CD Alive and Kickin' was released
This is his first CD with some new songs since 1993. Some great songs on this one, one of the highlights is the Bobby Charles song "I Spent All My Money Loving You" with beautiful slide-guitar by Sonny Landreth. This track was probably recorded on the same day that Bobby Charles recorded it, January 2nd, 1999, at Dockside Studio, Maurice, Louisiana, with the same band. The rerecorded tracks "Ain't that a shame", "Every night about this time" and the track "It makes no difference" were recorded in 1982. The other tracks except "I spent all my money loving you", were already recorded in 2000, See the reviews in our News Forum and on Amazon. For the complete content see the discography part of this site.
2006 - In August Fats received the National Medal Of Arts
...for the second time. In August, 2006 George W. Bush visited Fats in the Lower Ninth Ward to give him a replacement of the National Medal Of Arts. The original ,earlier received from the hands of former President Bill Clinton, was lost during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. (photo by Shealah Craighead)
2005 The year of the Hurricane Katrina
The hurricane Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States and Fats was in the middle of it.
Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana. It caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most severe loss of life and property damage occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. The federal flood protection system in New Orleans failed at more than fifty places. Nearly every levee in metro New Orleans was breached as Hurricane Katrina passed just east of the city limits. Eventually 80% of the city became flooded and also large tracts of neighboring parishes, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks. At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. The storm is estimated to have been responsible for $81.2 billion (2005 U.S. dollars) in damage, making it the costliest tropical cyclone in U.S. history. (source Wikipedia)
September 4, 2005
Fats was missing since last Sunday, but thanks to this picture taken on Mondaynight he could be identified by Karen Domino White, his daughter. Here he's being helped off a boat near his home in Lower 9th Ward. Later he was brought to the Superdome and put on a bus to an evacuee triage center in the Louisiana State University' basketball arena. There he was reunited with his family and they stayed a couple of days in the apartment of friends just off the LSU campus. You can read the article from Washingtonpost.com on the forum.(AP Photo/LSU,Stephen B. Franz)
Fats returned home on October 15th 2005 to New Orleans. He cancelled the November 5 concert at Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, LA. Some compassionate e-mails that we received:
Dear Antoine: Thank GOD you're safe ! ... Millions of people have been praying for all of the hurricane victims since the storm hit. You may not know it, but millions of your fans have been praying for you and your family since we heard that you were missing. May GOD bless and keep Antoine "Fats" Domino healthy and rockin forever.Jim Kucaba, Phoenix, Arizona , A Fats Fan for 50 years. (published with his permission)
Received : Saturday, September 03, 2005 1:18 AM Subject: Thank God you're safe. To Fats : I don't know if you remember me or not, but I have never forgotten you. Thirty-two years ago you stopped a group of black kids from McDonough 19 from beating up an eight year old white kid in front of your house. (Just for being white in the 9th Ward.) I am that young white kid. Your compassion towards a complete stranger has been one of the guiding examples of my life. Whenever faced with racism like this I have always been able to look back at your kindnes and that of a few others to assure me that not all black people hate us whites, and write off their actions as personal ignorance. Your example has allowed me to accept and treat people on an individual basis. I have looked up to you my whole life. When I heard that you were still missing I was extremely saddened. I have prayed for you as often and as fervently as I have for those of my own kin still fighting the odds down there. It was with great relief that I viewed the picture of you being helped to safety. Thank God you are safe. Some of my friends and family are still missing and some are accounted for but trapped in their communities until Monday. I hope that all of your loved ones are safe as well. Bless you. I have always wanted to thank you for all that you did for me. From deep in my heart you have my thanks and admiration. A friend for life, Scott A. Keon (published with his permission)
2003 Fats Is Back
Rhino Records released "Sweet Patootie The Complete Reprise Recordings", a 29 tracks CD in 2003 ,it contains the Richard Perry produced LP Fats is Back!, originally released in 1968, and the Dave Barthlomew produced LP Fats, only released in Europe in 1971 and some tracks released as singles. As bonus tracks are added the songs "Can't chase a dream", "Blues so bad" and "Help me". See for extended information and review (4,5 stars out of 5!!!) : www.allmusic.com
Also in 2003
the label Shout!Factory released the CD (also on DVD) 'The Legends of New Orleans: Fats Domino Live!', recorded on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2001, 16 fantastic live tracks , strong performance, and on the DVD there are 20 tracks with commentary by Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Art Neville, Cosimo Matassa and writer Mikal Gilmore. I recommend the DVD version, it's worth the money. Listening to the album, that fact becomes all the more remarkable, because it hardly sounds like the work of a man in his seventies -- it is robust, lively, and giddy, sounding for all the world like the work of a man in his prime. see review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine on www.allmusic.com
for more information: Fats Domino Publishing, 1208 Caffin Avenue, New Orleans or : 9 Wedgwood Court Harvey, LA 70058, USA