Thursday, August 07, 2014

Record #0556: I Want To Walk You Home / I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday – FATS DOMINO

Imperial X5606 (original) USA, Jul. 1959
Words & Music bySide AAntoine Domino; Side B – Roy Hayes, Dave Bartholomew, Domino
Musicians: Fats Domino (vocals and piano), Herb Hardesty (tenor sax), Buddy Hagans (tenor sax on side A), Clarence Ford (baritone sax on side A, tenor sax on side B), Buddy Hagans (tenor sax on side B), Wendell Duconge (alto sax on side B), Walter 'Papoose' Nelson (guitar on side A), Ernest McLean (guitar on side B), Jimmie Davis (bass on side A), Frank Fields (bass on side B), Cornelius Coleman (drums)
Recording sessions: Produced by Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo Recording Studio, New Orleans, LA, Side A - Jun. 18, 1959; Side B - Jun. 14, 1958
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #8, US R&B #1, UK #14; Side B - US #17, US R&B #22

"I Want To Walk You Home" is the last song Fats Domino has had as US R&B #1. His next single "Be My Guest" got pretty close as it reached #2 in the chart.

Though Domino was one of the writers of the flip side, he wasn't the one to make the first recording of it. It was Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers that recorded and released it in 1957.

It's possible that Domino was not present in the June 14, 1958 session and that his vocals were overdubbed into the track later on. In this case, the piano may have been played by Allen Toussaint.

List price:  Very Good+ is $10, Near Mint is $20

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