Episode 45: "Blueberry Hill", by Fats Domino
Episode forty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino, and at how the racial tensions of the fifties meant that a smiling, diffident, cheerful man playing happy music ended up starting riots all over the US.
Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Birmingham Bounce" by Hardrock Gunter.
As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode.
The best compilation of Fats Domino's music is a four-CD box set called They Call Me The Fat Man: The Legendary Imperial Recordings.
The biographical information here comes from Rick Coleman's Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll.
The information about the "Yancey Special" bassline and its history comes from "Before Elvis", by Larry Birnbaum.
There have been three previous episodes in which Domino and Bartholomew have featured, including two on Domino songs. See the "Fats Domino" tag for those episodes.
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