Fats Domino Greatest Hits

 

Fats Domino Overview

Fats Domino Color PictureThe Fats Domino greatest hits is a review of his career and how he became a successful singer.  He was born Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr. on February 26, 1928, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father was a well-known violinist, and Domino was inspired to play himself. He eventually learned from his uncle, jazz guitarist Harrison Verrett.

He went on to sell over 65 million records in the fifties & sixties the most of any singer except for Elvis Presley. Fats Domino scored 63 hits on Billboard’s pop chart and 59 times on its R&B chart. He made more hit records than Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly combined.

Early Music Career

In 1946, he began playing piano in Billy Diamond’s band at the Hideaway Club. It was Diamond who gave him the nickname “Fats.” (Domino weighed 220 pounds while standing only five feet, five inches tall.) By 1949, Domino had become a fixture at the Hideaway in his own right, and he was drawing crowds and solid notices for his musical abilities, which were notable even by New Orleans standards. That same year, he met Dave Bartholomew, who became his producer, bandleader and collaborator, and Lew Chudd, who signed Domino to his Imperial Records label.

Scouting for talent, Bartholomew and Chudd checked out Domino’s act at the Hideaway Club, and the rest is history. The run of records Domino made with Bartholomew at Imperial, beginning in 1949 and ending only when Chudd sold the label in 1963, is one of rock and roll’s greatest.

Breakout Hits

The Fat Man 78 RPM Single Record Fats DominoFats Domino’s first major breakout recording came with a song called “The Fat Man” which was recorded on December 10, 1950. This song went on to become his first million seller and reached #2 on the Billboard R&B chart. His first number one R&B hit record was “Going Home” which peaked at #1 on June 21, 1952, for one week. He followed this hit with “Going To The River” and reached #2, and “Please Don’t Leave Me” which peaked at #3 on the R&B charts. In 1952, Domino started crossing over onto the pop chart with little success. His breakthrough pop hit was “Ain’t  It A Shame” in 1955, and reached #10 on the pop chart. This song went to #1 on the R&B chart and stayed at #1 for eleven weeks.

Successful Crossover To The Pop Charts

Domino’s recording of “I’m In Love Again” in 1956 went to #3 on the pop chart. However, his biggest and all-time greatest hit was “Blueberry Hill” which was released late in 1956. It went to number two on the pop charts for three weeks and was #1 on the R&B charts for eleven weeks. This song sold over 5 million copies worldwide in 1956-1957. He followed this hit with seven other top ten hits to make the pop charts.

Blueberry Hill Imperial 45 RPM RecordHis last Billboard Hot 100 song on the chart is “Lady Madonna” #100 in 1968.

Fats Domino Career

In total, Fats Domino had 11 singles in the top 10, 18 singles in the top 20, and 37 singles in the top 40 on Billboard’s Pop charts. He had a total of 77 singles on the Hot 100 chart which includes 11 that peaked under the Hot 100.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. He was voted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Billboard ranks Fats Domino as the #4 artist from 1955-1959, the #33 artist from 1960-1969, and the #23 artist of all-time from 1955-2010.

On the R&B charts, Fats Domino had 9 #1’s, 39 Top 10, 51 Top 20, & 61 Top 40 hits. Fats Domino is ranked by Billboard as the #1 artist from 1951-1959, the #38 artist from 1960-1969, and the #11 artist of all-time from 1942-2010.

Top Ten & #1 Hits Billboard Pop, Hot 100 and R&B Charts

The following is a complete listing of all of Fats Domino’s top ten singles in chronological order on Billboard’s Pop charts. The number in parenthesis is the number of weeks at that position and the date is the date record’s debut on the chart.

Billboard’s Top Ten Pop Hits

  1. Ain’t That A Shame – July 16, 1955 #10
  2. I’m In Love Again – April 28, 1956 #3 (2)
  3. Blueberry Hill – October 6, 1956 #2 (3)
  4. Blue Monday – January 5, 1957 #5
  5. I’m Walkin’ – March 9, 1957 #4
  6. It’s You I Love – May 27, 1957 #6
  7. Valley Of Tears – May 23, 1957 #8
  8. Whole Lotta Loving – November 17, 1958 #6
  9. I Want To Walk You Home – August 10, 1959 #8
  10. Be My Guest – October 26, 1959 #8
  11. Walking To New Orleans – June 20, 1960 #6

Number 1 R&B & Top Ten Hits

The number one hits are in bold and the weeks at #1, #2 & #3 are in ().

  1. The Fat Man – February 18, 1950 #2 (1)
  2. Every Night About This Time – November 18, 1950 #5
  3. Rockin’ Chair – December 29, 1951 #9
  4. Goin’ Home – June 21, 1952 #1 (1)
  5. Poor Poor Me – October 4, 1952 #10
  6. How Long – December 13, 1952 #9
  7. Going To The River – April 25, 1953 #2 (4)
  8. Please Don’t Leave Me – July 25, 1953 #3 (1)
  9. Rose Mary – October 17, 1953 #10
  10. Something’s Wrong – December 26, 1953 #6
  11. You Done Me Wrong – April 10, 1954 #10
  12. Don’t You Know – Marcy 19, 1955 #7
  13. Ain’t That A Shame – June 11, 1955 #1 (11)
  14. All By Myself – October 29, 1955 #1 (3)
  15. I Can’t Go On – December 3, 1955 #6
  16. Poor Me – December 31, 1955 #1 (1)
  17. Bo Weevil – February 11, 1956 #5
  18. Don’t Blame It On Me – February 11, 1956 #9
  19. My Blue Heaven – April 21, 1956 #5
  20. I’m In Love Again – May 19, 1956 #1 (9)
  21. When My Dreamboat Comes Home – August 4, 1956 #2 (1)
  22. So-Long – August 4, 1956 #5
  23. Honey Chile – October 27, 1956 #2 (2)
  24. Blueberry Hill – November 3, 1956 #1 (11)
  25. Blue Monday – January 26, 1957 #1 (8)
  26. I’m Walkin’ – March 23, 1957 #1 (6)
  27. Valley Of Tears – May 20, 1957 #2 (1)
  28. Wait And See – November 4, 1957 #7
  29. Yes, My Darling – March 3, 1958 #10
  30. Little Mary – July 14, 1958 #4
  31. Whole Lotta Loving – November 24, 1958 #2 (1)
  32. I’m Ready – May 18, 1959 #7
  33. I Want To Walk You Home – September 21, 1959 #1 (1)
  34. Be My Guest – November 6, 1959 #2 (1)
  35. Walking To New Orleans – July 11, 1960 #2 (1)
  36. Three Nights A Week – October 10, 1960 #8
  37. My Girl Josephine – November 14, 1960 #7
  38. What A Price – February 20, 1961 #7
  39. Let The Four Winds Blow – July 31, 1961 #2 (1)

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