Ain’t That A Shame

April 14th Celebrates Ain’t That A Shame

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 14th 1955, Fat’s Domino’s song called, “Ain’t That A Shame,” was released.

When Fats Domino wrote this song with Dave Bartholomew, who worked with most of Domino’s hits this heartache song about breakups was the other person’s fault.

This was the first song to crossover from the R&B charts to the mostly white pop charts of the day.

Like several other songs previously heard exclusively in black bars or nightclubs, this was covered by the crooning Pat Boone.

Concerned about how educated, upper-class whites would respond to the title, he originally wanted it changed to “Isn’t That a Shame,” but the producers realized the original title would sell better which is why they kept the original title of the song.

Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name, (Mr. Raymen) gives you the song in its entirety as Fat’s Domino and his band sing the song they way it was on April 15th 1955.

This was Fats Domino’s first hit song that was not recorded in New Orleans, where the singer lived.

He recorded it on March 15, 1955 in a Hollywood studio when he was on tour in Los Angeles, but the song didn’t actual come out until April 14th 1955.

Imperial Records had the engineers compress Fats’ vocals and speed up the song a bit to make the song sound less bluesy and give it more mainstream appeal. This also made it more difficult for other artists to cover the song.

This was used in the 1972 movie American Graffiti. It was also used in the movie October Sky.

In 2007, this was used in commercials for Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.

Other musical artist were also inspired the song, that this was the first song that John Lennon learned to play. Lennon later recorded the song in a duet with Yoko Ono, and his fellow Beatle Paul McCartney also recorded the song.

As we celebrate the infamous song about breaks that Fats Domino released on April 15th 1955.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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