Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Record #0112: Valley of Tears / It’s You I Love – FATS DOMINO

Imperial X5442 (original, 1st pressing) USA, Apr. 1957
Words & Music by:  Antoine “Fats” Domino, Dave Bartholomew
Musicians: Fats Domino (vocals and piano), Ernest McLean (guitar), Frank Fields (bass), Cornelius Coleman (drums), Lee Allen (tenor sax), Herb Hardesty (tenor sax), Clarence Ford (soprano sax), Edward Frank (unamplified piano), and an unknown chorus
Recording sessions: Produced by Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo Recording Studio, New Orleans, LA, Mar. 7, 1957
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #8, US R&B #2, UK #25; Side B – US #6, US R&B #2

Fats Domino is one of those rock’n’roll pioneers who have been credited for making the first record in the genre – which in his case was “The Fat Man” in 1949 (US R&B #2).

Valley of Tears” and “It’s You I Love” are Domino’s lesser known songs, but they both hit the Top 10 in US Billboard and R&B charts.

List price:  Very Good+ is $12,50, Near Mint is $25

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