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Monday, June 01, 2009

The Domino Effect - for the rebuilding of New Orleans

Way back in time, in the late 50s and early 60s, when other kids in the neighbournhood were buying and listening to Elvis, I was a big fan of Little Richard and Fats Domino. Now they have met up again, with master blues man BB King, in a concert to help rebuild New Orleans.

Read more about it at


NEW ORLEANS — Fats Domino rarely emerges from his Louisiana home — and many wondered if he’d show up for “The Domino Effect,” his namesake concert that raises funds to help rebuild schools and playgrounds damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Sure enough, the 81-year-old New Orleans native did show up. He smiled and waved from his private suite overlooking the New Orleans Arena to more than 3,000 cheering people who attended Saturday’s concert to see two of his old friends perform — Little Richard and B.B. King. Domino is an icon in New Orleans, known nearly as much for his reclusiveness as for hits like “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame.” He was never slated to perform in the benefit that is named after the city’s most famous musician.

Little Richard, at the piano in a sparkly white suite, delivered an energetic set that included “Lucille,” ”Tutti Frutti” and other hits.

Between songs, he reminisced about New Orleans and Domino. Richard’s breakout hit “Tutti Frutti” was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s studio in New Orleans in 1955.

“I was right here,” Richard said, playing the piano as he talked. “I was right here.” (END QUOTE)

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