Today is the 86th birthday of the unsinkable Antoine “Fats” Domino: rock ‘n’ roll progenitor, Beatle lodestar, and one of the greatest to ever sit on a piano bench. This version of “Please Don’t Leave Me” is taken from the hard-to-find The Complete Session, a live recording originally released as Fats Domino ’65. It’s the entirety of Fats’ appeal (appropriately) overstuffed into a six-and-a-half minute fury of twinkling keys, hard-hitting brass, and full-cheeked smiles—and a great explanation of the song’s lyrics (“Why don’t you make one of those records where you say ‘Ooh ooh ooh’ in it?”). Happy birthday, Fat Man.  words / m garner

Fats Domino :: Please Don’t Leave Me (Live, 1965)

One Response to “Fats Domino :: Please Don’t Leave Me (Live, 1965)”

  1. Happy bday Fats!

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