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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The other day when we were listening to a tribute album to Fats Domino, the kid liked it and asked about it. A few days later I was listening to Dr. John and the kid asked, “Is this Domino music?”

Listen to Domino and you’ll wonder: Did Rock and Roll begin on the piano? The simplified boogie with the heavier beat -- Domino was doing it in 1949, in the same style he was having hits with in the ‘50s and early ‘60s.

The tribute album is aces. Crazy wild jazzy rock-and-roll guitar on “Please Don’t Leave Me” by the Four Lovers, Frankie Valli’s group before the Four Seasons. Wild doo-wop backing from the Belmonts on “I Can’t Go On (Rosalie).” The great top-selling Cheap Trick cover of “Ain’t That a Shame” with ace drum and guitar solos. All songs by Domino and/or his bandleader Dave Bartholomew -- and not a bad track. How a propos that the lingua franca of rock and roll came from a New Orleans songwriter and stylist.

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