This man was instrumental (<--no pun intended) in the emergence of Crescent City Rhythm & Blues. He opened the door for many New Orleans' artists but none as great...in my opinion...as Antoine Fats Domino.
I recently found this 78 of Detroit City Blues / The Fat Man on Imperial 5058 from 1949 at a local record store in a box tucked away under some LP shelving. It took several visits but I finally became the owner.
To honor Dave Bartholomew for his Grammy award tonight...here is Fats Domino's first release under his own name performing 2 songs written by Fats and Mr. Bartholomew.
Fats Domino p, v / Dave Bartholomew t / Joe Harris as / Herb Hardesty, Clarence Hall ts / Alvin 'Red' Tyler bar / Ernest McLean g / Frank Fields sb / Earl Palmer d.
Recorded in New Orleans on December 10, 1949.