Various: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Tipitina's/Shock)

 |   |  1 min read

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with Galactic: So Long
Various: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Tipitina's/Shock)

In the days after Hurricane Katrina it was believed that this great New Orleans r'n'b singer had been washed away.

Fortunately he had been rescued although his home, like much of that wonderful city, had suffered extreme damage.

The interesting thing about the rumours of his death was the sudden recognition of his talent in the wider world: he had been one of the earliest influences on rock'n'roll -- and of course elevated bling to an art form decades before the hip-hop generation discovered it.

His songs such as Ain't That A Shame, Blueberry Hill, Walking to New Orleans, My Blue Heaven and others brought the New Orleans style into popular culture, although these days they aren't much played outside of maybe a few soundtracks and the odd adventurous classic hits radio station.

This double album is therefore a timely reminder of Fats Domino's great catalogue as a roster of stars line up to cover his songs: and it is quite some rollcall -- Neil Young, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Toots and the Maytals, Irma Thomas, Paul McCartney with Allen Toussaint, John Lennon (phoning in Ain't That A Shame from beyond the grave), Dr John, Joss Stone, Bonnie Raitt, BB King, Tom Petty . . .

And of course the hometown crew turn out too: Dr John, Ivan Neville, Big Chief Monk Bourdreaux . . .

That everyone from reggae and pop stars through to country singers (Willie Nelson) and Tex-Mex folk-rockers (Los Lobos) can find something in Domino's music and style is a powerful testament to the strength and universal appeal of his music.

Tribute albums often require very selective listening but these two discs -- proceeds to the Tipitina Foundation to rebuild the musical culture of the Big Easy -- can just keep on playing and reveal more each time.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Little Pictures: Owl + Owl (Lil' Chief)

Little Pictures: Owl + Owl (Lil' Chief)

Electropop married to slightly whimsical faux-naivety isn't an easy call and I have no doubt some will recoil from this bedroom music -- and when this Wellington duo quivers through the awful Tips... > Read more

Lightning Dust: Lightning Dust (PopFrenzy/Rhythmethod)

Lightning Dust: Lightning Dust (PopFrenzy/Rhythmethod)

Said it before, will say it again: when albums come from PopFrenzy they rise to the top of the heap, just on the basis of previous albums from the label (the Clientele, Camera Obscura) being so... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Leonard Cohen: Because of (2004)

Leonard Cohen: Because of (2004)

The equation seems simple: Leonard Cohen the self-described "ladies man" + women + bed = But of course nothing is ever quite that straightforward with a Jewish Zen Buddhist... > Read more

Ernest Tubb: It's For God And Country and You, Mom (1965)

Ernest Tubb: It's For God And Country and You, Mom (1965)

War always produces songs from all sides of the trenches and Vietnam was no different: a slew of patriotic and tally-ho songs in the early days then more cynical, anti-war sentiments coming through... > Read more