The time The Beatles met Fats Domino

Music 26/10/2017

Back in 1964 some of the world's most legendary rock and roll legends met in New Orleans.

The Beatles were in New Orleans for their City Park concert and wanted to meet one of their influences, Fats Domino.

George Harrison called Domino's 'I'm in Love Again' the first rock 'n' roll song he ever heard, while Domino's 1955 'Ain't That a Shame,' which was later covered by John Lennon, was the first song the Beatle learned to play.

With their hectic schedule the Beatles only had 24 hours in New Orleans. Thanks to the help of another New Orleans musician, Clarence "Frogman" Henry they were able to set up a meeting.

Eventually, Domino and his manager Bob Astor were brought to a trailer that doubled as the backstage area for the concert's performers.

The band and Domino hung out for about an hour, taking pictures "for his kids," Lennon said. "[We] had a sing-song with him."

McCartney later recalled Domino's fashion sense, noting that "he had a very big diamond watch in the shape of a star, which was very impressive."

When Domino was asked whether he got to meet the Beatles, he famously responded, "No, they got to meet me." But they clearly made an impression. In 1968, Domino covered the Beatles' "Lady Madonna," which became his last charting single.

'Lady Madonna' was me sitting down at the piano trying to write a bluesy boogie-woogie thing," McCartney said in a 1994 interview. "It reminded me of Fats Domino for some reason, so I started singing a Fats Domino impression. It took my other voice to a very odd place."

RIP Fats Domino.

Souce: Ultimate Classic Rock