Monday, July 14, 2008

Heaven Week: My Blue Heaven

Fats Domino: My Blue Heaven


My Blue Heaven was written in 1927 by Walter Donaldson & George Whiting - it spawned numerous covers by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Al Jolson, and Fats Domino, who in 1956 charted with it at #19 on the US Hot Hundred, #5 on the R&B charts.

Outside of the incomparable Fats Domino, what makes this version special is his backing band, which includes master musicians like saxophonist Lee Allen and drummer Earl Palmer, players that helped define Rock and Roll. It just so happens that fellow SMM writer, LD, proprietor of The Adios Lounge, just posted a must-read Sideman Spotlight on Earl Palmer - go there and get knowledge on an important piece of Rock history.

By the way - if you hear the call of the Whip-poor-wills, know that you're late for dinner.

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