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Fats Domino: Walkin' Back to New Orleans (2008)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  22 November 2008 (USA)
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FATS DOMINO: WALKIN' BACK TO NEW ORLEANS chronicles music legend Fats Domino's triumphant return to the stage after Hurricane Katrina's devastated his New Orleans hometown. Two years after ... See full summary »

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FATS DOMINO: WALKIN' BACK TO NEW ORLEANS chronicles music legend Fats Domino's triumphant return to the stage after Hurricane Katrina's devastated his New Orleans hometown. Two years after a harrowing rescue from the storm, Domino headlined a 2007 benefit concert for the city, performing hits including "Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That a Shame," "My Girl Josephine" and "Blue Monday" to an adoring audience. The special, narrated by actor John Goodman, captures the concert and provides an up-close, biographical look at Domino's storied career. The special also includes rare interviews with Domino as well as singers Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Robert Plant and Randy Newman, who discuss how this legendary performer has inspired their careers. Written by Anonymous

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31 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Fats Domino: Walkin' Back to New Orleans (2008)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

John Goodman narrates this documentary taking a look of music legend Fats Domino and his return to playing in New Orleans after the events of Hurricane Katrina. For those who don't know, Fats decided to stay in his home during the hurricane and for days afterwards it was believed he was dead until he and his wife were eventually pulled from the second story of their house. Nearly two years later Fats did a concert at the Tipitina music club, which included such classic tunes as "Ain't That a Shame", "Blue Monday", "I'm Walkin'" and his masterpiece "Blueberry Hill". Randy Newman, Robert Plant, Dr. John and others are also interviewed telling their opinions on Fats as we also get some back information on how he was discovered, how he learned to play piano and about all the hits he had. All of that stuff is fine but the real heart and soul to the film is the current stuff leading to the events after Hurricane Katrina. Hearing why Fats decided to ride out the storm and the effect it had on him was very gripping and his first performance afterwards, which happens to have been his last to date, features magic that will certainly send chills down your spine. Fats' playing and singing is top notch after all these years and those first few notes of "Blueberry Hill" are incredibly thrilling.


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