The Door To Yesterday Volume 2, Number 19

 

 

 

Celebrating Dave Bartholomew. the Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner.2019.

 Trumpeter, bandleader, singer, songwriter and record producer DAVE BARTHOLOMEW 

was born in Edgard, Louisiana, on December 24, 1918. 


He was a longtime resident of New Orleans and the originator of that city's big beat sound that transformed 

the Crescent City's rhythm and blues music. He began recording as an artist for DeLuxe Records in 1947 

and then two years later, Lew Chudd signed him up to be A&R man and producer for Imperial. 


Out of Dave's first session for that label in November ’49 came a major hit called 3 x 7 = 21 which he’d written 

for a young local girl, Jewel King. It was cut at Cosimo ‘Coz’ Matassa'sJ&M recording studio in New Orleans’ 

French Quarter where all of Dave’s early productions took place. 


Dave and Lew Chudd drove to the local Hideaway club in the city’s 9th Ward 

to see a singer/pianist called Antoine Domino who, in Dave’s words, 'had the place jumpin’. 

Chudd instantly signed Fats and on December 10, 


Dave took the young artist into Coz’s studio and recorded the very first Domino million-seller, 

THE FAT MAN, named after a detective character on a popular radio show. 


I met Dave in August 1985 after  he came to Los Angeles with Fats Domino when Fats and Ricky Nelson 

played a sensational one-niter at the Universal Amphitheater. Dave was fully in command of Fats's half of the show

 with an expertly-chosen band of musicians including legendary saxman Herb Hardesty. I’m proud to say that Dave and I 

were friends from that moment on. Dave passed away on January 23, 2019, leaving a rich legacy of New Orleans’ R&B history. 

A charter member of both the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, he will be forever remembered 

for his countless achievements and his unforgettable music.   


A complete list of his key songs and productions would be extremely lengthy.

  His successes with Fats Domino alone make up an exhaustive collection. 


Following is a brief listing of just some of the songs that Dave wrote or co-wrote.... 


AIN'T THAT A SHAME 

(Antoine Domino/Dave Bartholomew)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1955)

 US #1 R&B and #10 Pop in ‘55, UK #23 in '57 

https://youtu.be/50OF4x1lIbg


by Pat Boone

Pro: Randy Wood (Dot: 1955) US #1 Pop, #14 R&B, UK #7

 

by The Four Seasons

Pro: Bob Crewe (Vee-Jay: 1963) US #22 Pop, UK #38

 https://youtu.be/_hqVoQRqd9o 


by Hank Williams Jr. with The Mike Curb Congregation

Pro: Jim Vienneau & Mike Curb (MGM: 1972) US #7 Country

 

by Cheap Trick

Pro: Cheap Trick (Epic: 1979) US #35 Pop


ALL BY MYSELF (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino)

by Fats Domino/Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1955) US #1 R&B

   https://youtu.be/nxIT1f4mjqU


THE BELLS ARE RINGING (Overton Lemon/Dave Bartholomew)

by Smiley Lewis/Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1952) US #10 R&B

 

 

Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew In The Studio

BLUE MONDAY (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1956) US #1 R&B and #5 Pop, UK #23 in '57

   https://youtu.be/IEXaCRLYJzM


COUNTRY BOY (Dave Bartholomew)

by Dave Bartholomew & His Orchestra (DeLuxe: 1950) US #14 R&B

  https://youtu.be/0c-lZNTc6vM


THE FAT MAN (Antoine Domino/Dave Bartholomew)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1950) US #2 R&B in '50

 https://youtu.be/lHunRdJnrWs


GOING TO THE RIVER (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1953) US #12 R&B

 

 

Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knockin'

 I HEAR YOU KNOCKING (Dave Bartholomew/Pearl King)

by Smiley Lewis

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1955) US #2 R&B

 https://youtu.be/ciAS1h2i72Y


by Gale Storm (Dot: 1955) US #2 Pop

by Dave Edmunds

Pro: Dave Edmunds (MAM: 1970) UK #1 in '70, US #4 in '71

  https://youtu.be/hMjwb13TFCo 


I'M GONE (Dave Bartholomew/Leonard Lee)

by Shirley & Lee

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Aladdin: 1952) US #2 R&B in '53

  https://youtu.be/CQ1xDvjTLL0 


I'M IN LOVE AGAIN (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1956) US #1 R&B


I’M SLIPPIN' IN (Dave Bartholomew)

by The Spiders

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1954) US #6 R&B 

     

I'M WALKIN' (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1957) US #1 R&B, #4 Pop, UK #19

  https://youtu.be/CQ1xDvjTLL0


by Ricky Nelson (Verve: 1957) US #4 Pop  


IT KEEPS RAINING (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino/Robert Guidry)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1961) US #18 R&B, #23 Pop, UK #49


by Bitty Mclean/Pro: Bitty Mclean (Brilliant: 1993) UK #2


LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW (Dave Bartholomew/ Antoine Domino)

by Roy Brown/Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1957) US #5 R&B, #29 Pop

by Fats Domino/Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1961) US #2 R&B, #15 Pop

by Jack Reno/Pro: Kelso Herston (United Artists: 1974) US #57 Country 

(Song was first recorded by Dave himself as FOUR WINDS)


THE MONKEY (Dave Bartholomew/Pearl King) 

by Dave Bartholomew

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1957) 

https://youtu.be/LNjuxtjtuWg


MY DING-A-LING (Dave Bartholomew/Sam Rhodes)

by Dave Bartholomew

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (King: 1952)

  https://youtu.be/Fg6-iU_Y4j8


MY GIRL JOSEPHINE (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino)

by Fats Domino

Produced by Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1960) US #7 R&B and #14 Pop in ‘60, UK #32 in ‘61  

by Jerry Jaye (Hi: 1967) US #29 Pop

by Super Cat Featuring Jack Radics (UK Columbia: 1995) UK #22

 

 

Elvis Presley

 ONE NIGHT

 (Dave Bartholomew/Pearl King)

by Smiley Lewis

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1956) US #11 R&B

 https://youtu.be/B51Q8jLOTnA

by Elvis Presley

Pro: Steve Sholes (RCA: 1958) US #4 Pop and #24 Country in '58, UK #1 in '59 

https://youtu.be/DiK2nH1SI4Y

by Jeannie C. Riley/Pro: Jim Vienneau (MGM: 1972) US #57 Country

by Mud/Pro: Mike Chapman in association w/Nicky Chinn (RAK: 1975) UK #32

by Roy Head/Pro: Bud Logan (ABC/Dot: 1976) US #51 Country


POOR ME (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino)

by Fats Domino

Produced by Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1955) 

US #1 R&B


3 x 7 = 21 (Dave Bartholomew)

by Jewel King

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1950) US #4 R&B

 https://youtu.be/wKMN2QLu1RQ

by The Spiders (as 21)

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1955) 

US #9 R&B


SICK AND TIRED (Chris Kenner/Dave Bartholomew)

by Chris Kenner

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1957) US #13 R&B

 https://youtu.be/4T9AuBwahtA


TEND TO YOUR BUSINESS (Dave Bartholomew) 

by James Waynes 

(Sittin’ in with: 1951) US #2 R&B


TRY ROCK 'N' ROLL (Dave Bartholomew/Pearl King)

by Bobby Mitchell

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1956) US #14 Pop 


VALLEY OF TEARS (Dave Bartholomew/Antoine Domino)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1957) 

US #2 R&B, #8 Pop


WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS (Dave Bartholomew/Robert Guidry)

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew 

(Imperial: 1960) US #2 R&B, #6 Pop, UK #19

  https://youtu.be/7XmWbvY6KEc


WITCHCRAFT (Dave Bartholomew/Pearl King)

by The Spiders

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1955) US #5 R&B in '56

 https://youtu.be/QRvA5e4eqiI

by Elvis Presley (RCA: 1963) US #32 Pop 

https://youtu.be/Ul9JMqb8vI4


 

 

 

The Sensational Lloyd Price

 Finally, two key records that Dave produced of songs that he didn't write...


BLUEBERRY HILL (Al Lewis/Larry Stock/Vincent Rose) 

by Fats Domino

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Imperial: 1956) US #1 R&B in '56 and #2 Pop in '57, UK #6 in '57 

https://youtu.be/dh9hHkt7liQ 


LAWDY MISS CLAWDY (Lloyd Price)

by Lloyd Price & His Orchestra

Pro: Dave Bartholomew (Specialty: 1952) US #1 R&B 

https://youtu.be/0uUOcDFXcPo 


 ‘His Orchestra’ in the label’s credit was actually Dave’s band including Fats Domino on piano.


Rock on.


Alan Warner


"If you enjoyed this week's edition of The Door To Yesterday, 

there's more where that came from!"


~ Vol 2, No 18 ~