December 24th in African American History – Dave Bartholomew

December 24, 1920 Dave Bartholomew, musician, band leader, composer and arranger, was born in Edgard, Louisiana.

Bartholomew has been active in many musical genres, but his partnership with Fats Domino produced some of his greatest successes. Together, they wrote and recorded more than 40 hit songs, including “Goin’ Home” (1952), “Ain’t That a Shame” (1855), “Blue Monday” (1956), and “I’m Walkin’” (1957).

He was also responsible for the arrangements on Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” (1956), which is listed number 81 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time. Bartholomew also wrote “I Hear You Knocking” for Gale Storm in 1955 and “One Night” for Elvis Presley in 1983. He produced “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (1952) with Lloyd Price and “Let the Good Times Roll” (1956) with Shirley & Lee. Bartholomew was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.

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