FATS DOMINO Celebrates 85 – One of handful of True Rock and Roll Pioneers

Sharing the birthdate with Johnny Cash and Mitch Ryder is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and pioneer, FATS DOMINO

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FATS DOMINO was rock and roll before there was Rock and Roll.
Many have called his 1949 piece, ‘The Fat Man’. the first rock and roll record, even though rock and roll didn’t officially make the scene until 1955 when people like Elvis and Bill Haley incorporated
the black sound along with a little country /hillbilly, making it
‘palateable’ for the masses, as it were. Listen for yourself to the Fat Man and decide if Domino wasn’t rock and roll before it became popular.

fats on cover blueberry hillDomino, with his unique keyword stylings of New Orleans-influenced music would go on to hvae 39 Top 40 records. Try to keep still
listening to the rythm upbeat sounds of ‘I’m Ready,’, ‘Hello Josephine,’ ‘Let the Four Winds Blow,’ ‘When the Saints To marchin In,’ or the ballads like ‘Blueberry Hill, ‘ Ain’t That A Shame’ and many others.

Though he doesn’t perform much anymore, Domino is a survivor (of Katrina ) and many of his fellow artists and still calls New Orleans home at the ripe age of 85. Domino is among a handful
of the true early rock and roll pioneers including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley and Elvis. Here’s Fats doing ‘BlueBerry HIll’ from Legends of Rock and Roll. Listen to the droning saxes and classic Domino sound


       Photo: Still got my youth at 39....

        WELL,  It was a spendid Valentines Week for JB – who just happens to celebrate his 39th birthday every year on February 14 – –   in Heavenly Hills , CA, where he reaquaints with many of his old friends (you can still visit at https://www.facebook.com/JackBennyOldiesCountry  – like  JB at http://Facebook.com/OldiesCountry  where he enjoys his favorite music, movies and memories one doesn’t find much anymore in mainstream media.   )   There were Mary , George and Bob, ,   Dino and Frank and others . Rochestor was by Jack’s side the whole time…even got out the old Maxwell, pictured below (still not running well) for the occasion.


bridget bardot valentirn es dringOn the way,  Jack rendezvoused  with his old girlfriend, BB, using  a GROUPON or 5   over at Nick’s Cove (dinner and dancing) on the North Bay (as you’ll note on his facebook page he used 5 Groupons-but don’t tell anyone)... He must have gotten carried away with the DEAL!    Wine Dog  helped out , taking  the glass away Jack , who usually only has an occassonal toddy or highball.


It’s these deals.  You may remember years  ago when Jack nearly lost his life to a robber who demanded Jack’s money.  Now, he does’t have to be so cheap….  Jack, the old cheapskate that he is,  got involved in coupons  around 1980 when they were becoming popular (Valpak and Coupon Country coupons started mailing them). Ever  since,  Jack’s been a BIG saver – well, you know he always was  – but now he goes out of his way to use a coupon whenever he can.  (He’s gotten out of traffic tickets by offering cops coupons in exchange)  He even opened up coupon websites so he would never be without a particular coupon – and for his friends and all of you (Check out http://YellowPagesCoupons.net, http://BayAreaCoupons.info to name a couple… He even helps out small businesses   advertise on these sites and other niche sites  via http://CouponCountry.com and http://CouponCountry.biz

Now, how’s about a visit back to an earlier 39th birthday in 1969

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when Jack hosts his own celebration with a TV show featuring Lucille Ball and others.. Here’s part 1….  (may or may not show part 2 later…if you LIKE it at  http://Facebook.com/OldiesCountry


FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS – Carole King, Gene Pitney, Don Everly





(Don, on right, with brother Phil) EverlyDon Everly with brother Phil doing Crying in the Rain, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin



Donnie Brooks doing his big hit, Mission Bell from Hollywood A Go Go, 1965. Brooks was a fixture at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasantono, CA where he headed up his cavalcade of oldies acts. He is much missed.



Gene Pitney is also missed and to think I never got to see him perform live. Every Little Breath I Take was as good as anything Gene ever did – and he did a lot of great ones, this under the exquisite direction of the one and only Phil Spector

Lots of big name birthdays in February… including Hall of famers Carole King, Don Everly of Everly Brothers and Gene Pitney plus notables Ral Donner (best Elvis soundalike but great in his own right), Bob shane (last surviving original) of Kingston Trio, heartthrob and underrated singer Fabian, top saxophonist King Curtis who played with so many and  helped make Buddy Hollly’s True Love Ways one of the classic songs and Donnie Brooks, who was as great an emprasario as he was a singer (Mission Bell and Doll House). Here are a few samples (wish we could include them all…


01 – Don Everly, 1937;     Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio), 1934;  
02 – Graham Nash, 1942;  
03 – Dave Davies (The Kinks), 1947; Eric Haydock (The Hollies), 1942; Dennis Edwards (The Temptations), 1943; ; Angelo D’Aleo (The Belmonts), 1940; Johnny Cymbal, 1945 (died 1993)
06 – Fabian Forte, 1943; Natalie Cole, 1950; Georgeanna Tillman (The Marvelettes), 1943 (died 1980); Bob Marley, 1945 (died 1981); Donnie Brooks, 1936 (died 2007)
07 –  King Curtis, 1934 (died 1971);  
09 – Carole King, 1942; Barry Mann, 1939; Brian Bennett (The Shadows), 1940; Barbara Lewis, 1943;  
10 –  Ral Donner, 1943 (died 1984)
12 – Ray Manzarek (The Doors), 1939
13 –   Peter Tork (The Monkees), 1944
 16 –   Sonny Bono, 1935 (died 1998)
17 – Gene Pitney, 1941 (died 2006)

Comments made in the year 1955 – Then and Now – Oldies Country



Comments made in the year 1955! 


Then and Now, 1955, Fifties,Comments, Sayings, Quotes

I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way

they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10.00. 

Have you seen the new cars
coming out next year?  It won’t be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used one.  


 If cigarettes keep going up in
price, I’m going to quit; 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.


Did you hear the post office is
thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter.

 If they raise the minimum wage
to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

When I first started driving, who
would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. 
 Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage. 




I’m afraid to send my kids to the
movies any more.  Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in 
 GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it. 

I read the other day where some
s thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas. 


 Did you see where some baseball
player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball?
 It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President. 


I never thought I’d see the day
all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They’re even making electric typewriters now.


 It’s too bad things are so tough
nowadays.  I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

 It won’t be long before young
couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.


 I’m afraid the Volkswagen car
is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

Thank goodness I won’t live to 
 see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes.  I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government. 


 The fast food restaurant is
convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.


There is no sense going on short
trips anymore for a weekend.  It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel


No one can afford to be sick
anymore.  At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.



If they think I’ll pay 30 cents  for a haircut, forget it.