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    Another great is gone. I love Fats Domino, he will be missed.

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    Fats Domino RIP.

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    Without doubt one of the true greats very sorry to hear this. His music at any tempo was/is always uplifting, joyous and full of happiness-- that is such a rare and beautiful thing.

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    Thanks for posting, John, I didn't know. Some of the best rock and roll ever and he used sax players! Saw him live at the club I was playing at in Va. Beach in 1964. There stood Lee Allen and Herb Hardesty 10' in front of me I didn't know of Herb at that time but will never forget him, because he had his name engraved on the bell of his horn! Not 'Herb', but Herbert. The horns were not miked but you could hear Lee Allen across the street in the hotel! Saw Fats a couple more times over the years and he always put on a great show. One of the last of the real performers who poured his heart out into the music every show. Sleep, Fats, and dream of the good old days.

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    RIP Fat Man.
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    Just heart about his dead on the Dutch TV, very sad news.

    I'm glad I've seen him live here in NL at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Love his kind of music and the way he featured the saxophone in his bands.

    Glad we still have his records and other registrations of the great music he made during his career.


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    Thanks for posting, John, I didn't know.
    Kind of hits home to those of us who started to play sax in the mid 50's. He featured a sax solo or sax section on just about all of his hits along with Little Richard, James Brown, Johnny & the Hurricanes, The Champs, Bill Doggett, Billy Vaughn and many more.

    Those of us who played in the local garage bands back in the day will always be glad we grew up in that era. The inspiration to practice was on every jukebox, radio station and T.V. And if bands wanted to get hired for the good gigs they usually had to have at least one sax, and even better if we had a horn section. Many of us older players owe a lot of thanks to the early Rock & Roll and R&B musicians for featuring many awesome sax players.

    Fats Domino's music will live on!

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    Fats is such a huge part of music history, and he loved the tenor saxophone. It was a real honour for me to be in that section for a while, along with Lee Allen and Herb Hardesty. Four tenors and a baritone, lovely.

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    The horns were not miked but you could hear Lee Allen across the street in the hotel!
    When I was with him in 1991, the horns were not miked when we were playing clubs )just a mic for the soloist. Even at large venues, there were a couple of general pics for the section but we all stood about ten feet back. Lee's sound was staggering, a real section leader and master soloist.
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    definitely one of the greatest American originals for sure. A great band leader as well as innovator/performer/singer in his own inimitable way as well. Very personal nice recollections Pete and 1saxman. He's joined them all pretty much now going pretty close to Chuck Berry's passing too.

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    It's hard for me to write about Fats Domino. I knew he had been in poor shape for some time (dementia), but I loved the fact that he was still around, along with the other originators of rock 'n' roll – Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis. Then we lost Chuck a few months ago. Little Richard and Jerry Lee are still with us.

    Fats loved horns and always used a lot of them. I didn't know until many years later who those players were, but they became my heroes – Lee Allen, Herb Hardesty. Fats' music was one reason that I wanted to be a sax player when I was a kid. I heard those sax solos which had so much soul and I knew I wanted to do that.

    And Dave Bartholomew, trumpet player, was key to the Fats sound and songwriting. "Blue Monday' written by Dave Bartholomew and first recorded by Smiley Lewis, is a perfect song. Fats' version had so much soul and rocked so well, it was irresistible to me. But there are so many other great tunes, and they all rocked and swung. You could feel Fats' joy in all of them.

    I've always loved New Orleans R & B. Fats' driving piano sound was the basis for a lot of that music.

    My band does a version of "Hello Josephine." Most of the audiences we play to are probably too young to have heard the original. But it gets 'em out on the dance floor every time.

    I knew this was coming eventually, as it will come for all of us, but it's still a loss. I'm grateful to Fats for all the music he's given me. I will still listen to him. In fact I have 2 hours of his greatest hits on right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp6VGyKDjls&t=38s

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOPITY FUNK View Post
    Without doubt one of the true greats very sorry to hear this. His music at any tempo was/is always uplifting, joyous and full of happiness-- that is such a rare and beautiful thing.
    Couldn't agree more. The guy just made you smile. RIP.

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    "I'm ready, I'm willing, and I'm able to rock and roll all night."

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    Here's an amazing statistic. Fats sold more records than Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly… combined!! The only artist who sold more records than Fats Domino in that era was (you guessed it) Elvis Presley. That should give some idea of the man's popularity and influence. Yet, he isn't mentioned nearly as much as these other artists.
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    Just spending some time on YouTube listening to the stuff of Fats and found this one of him with Elvis (never listened to it before):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54sVT4CtmEM

    Fats only plays piano in 'Blueberry Hill' and Elvis sings, but the piano playing knocked me out. Not complex, but exactly the right feel and Blues licks.

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    Also visited today a small concert in Hoofddorp (NL) of the Dixieland band of the trombone player in my Big Band. They featured Fats with a version of 'Blueberry Hill', the crowd loved it. I was wondering during the song in how many places his music would be played today.

    Fats is still everywhere in the World, the good man is gone but his music goes on forever.

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    Here is another nice live performance with a lot of great sax:

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    Fats is still everywhere in the World, the good man is gone but his music goes on forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpeebee View Post
    Here is another nice live performance with a lot of great sax:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZD3Mpwj1mY
    A lot of great sax players in this band. Check out Reggie Houston playing bari. I couldn't get the link to play, but I've seen the full show a number of times. I think Reggie only gets one solo ... But he said it all on that single ride.

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    One of my gigs is a '50s show - I got an email with some 'new' songs on it and one of them was 'I'm Walkin''. Great solo on it. In all the time I've been playing pop music I don't think any of the bands have played any Fats on a regular basis - maybe a request now and then. Kind of pointless without a damn good piano man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1saxman View Post
    One of my gigs is a '50s show - I got an email with some 'new' songs on it and one of them was 'I'm Walkin''. Great solo on it. In all the time I've been playing pop music I don't think any of the bands have played any Fats on a regular basis - maybe a request now and then. Kind of pointless without a damn good piano man.
    1saxman, are you learning the tenor solo in I'm walkin' by ear from the record?

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    Today I took a day off from my regular job to play 4 matches of Three Cushion Billiards for the Dutch ranking tournaments (I'm a semi-professional player). They had fantastic music in the background during the matches, lot's of Fats numbers and other early Rock & Roll tunes passed during the day. For me as Billiards player a disaster, because my mind was more with the next upcoming tenor solo in another Fats tune than with my own achievements! So for me a bad day as Billiards player (I didn't qualify for the main pro tournament), but a wonderful day as amateur tenor player and lover of the music of Fats and other early R&R giants.

    Like I wrote before: the man is still present everywhere you come!

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