Format: NTSC Region 0 or 1
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Release Year: 2016
Fats Domino is a founding father of rock n’ roll, a legendary performer who has sold 60 million records world-wide and had more chart hit than any other rock n’ roll artist expect Elvis. His signature hits – “Blueberry Hill,” “Blue Monday,” “Walking To New Orleans,” and “Ain’t That A Shame” are a part of the American psyche. The Big Beat, the first-ever documentary on Fats Domino, chronicles Fats’ extraordinary rise from a poor New Orleans neighborhood to become one of the most popular, groundbreaking performers of the rock n’ roll era. Full of electrifying vintage live performance footage of Fats and his band, the film features interviews with Fats himself as well as such legendary collaborators as Dave Bartholomew, Cosimo Matassa, and Herb Hardesty who were all part of the creation of rock n’ roll amidst evocative scenes of New Orleans in the 40s and 50s. The film takes its audience inside Fats’ home, and we see and hear such storied figures as Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Earl Palmer and a still-vibrant 90-year-old Dave Bartholomew (the co-write, producer, and arranger of most of Fats’ hits) talk about their personal experience with Fats. Included are both the 60-minute PBS broadcast version of the film and the 90-minute “director’s cut,” which includes extensive additional vintage performance footage of Fats.