COURTESY PHOTOS | From left: Fats Domino, Dr. John and trumpet player Dave Bartholomew (Fats songwriting partner for 68 years) at the Carver Theater during the premiere of Joe Lauro’s ‘The Big Beat’ at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 23, 2014.
Fats Domino died last weekend in Harvey, Louisiana. Over the course of his lifetime, Mr. Domino sold 60 million records and had more hits than any artist of his era, except Elvis. “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” and “Walking To New Orleans” are just three of those hits, which is why, when he died on October 24 at 89 years old, he was remembered as a pioneer of American rock and roll and nothing short of a musical legend.
Perhaps no one would agree with that sentiment more than Joe Lauro — documentarian, film archivist, front man for the New Orleans-inspired band the HooDoo Loungers, and former Shelter Island resident. (more…)
The Youngs pose with their daughter, now known as Elizabeth ‘Missie’ Mercer, in Florida this April.
When Joan Elizabeth Young was born on the Islander the morning of August 22, 1954, newspaper accounts suggested that no other baby would ever be born on a ferry boat between Shelter Island and Greenport again.
Sixty years later, that prediction published in both the New York Herald Tribune and the East Hampton Star holds true. (more…)