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11/03/17 8:00am
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.

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…)

02/08/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The cover of Joe' Lauro's film about Fats Domino.

COURTESY PHOTO | The cover of Joe Lauro’s film about Fats Domino.

He wasn’t as flashy as Little Richard, Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly, but he had more charted hits than the three of them combined. He sold over 60 million records, including five that went “gold” before 1955, influencing Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Elton John and scores of other musicians in the process.

In a fitting event for Black History Month, the Shelter Island Library’s “Friday Night Dialogues” will present “The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock n’ Roll” on February 17 at 7 p.m. (more…)