Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill"

Legendary R&B and rock and roll pianist “Fats” Domino plays “Blueberry Hill,” the 1940 song that he made into an international hit in 1956. The song is ranked 82nd in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs" list. "Fats" was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Ray Manzarek, organist for The Doors, said that his solo in "Light My Fire" was based on Domino's "Blueberry Hill":

Fats is my left hand. My left hand is Fats Domino’s left hand; “Light My Fire” is “Blueberry Hill.” I played virtually the exact same thing except play it in a minor key in an A minor and give it a little Latin feel. Other than that, it’s exactly the same thing.

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