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Published on May 30, 2012
Assorted clips from a 1957 Perry Como Show featuring Fats Domino. And this is indeed a slice of 1950s television -- even including an S&H Green Stamps commercial! Fats performs the songs "It's You I Love" and "I'm Walkin' " as well as participating in some skits. The closing segment also features singer Jo Stafford and comedian Jackie Miles joining in.
Rock 'n' Roll music -- at least in its 1950s incarnation -- was still new enough at the time to generate the usual mainstream apprehension that greets the unfamiliar. Perry Como plays the role here to the hilt of the bewildered guy caught in the middle of the onslaught, but in reality he was supportive of the emerging '50s rock acts by inviting them on his show, and during this period he even recorded some rock tunes of his own.
Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino Jr. was one of the founding fathers of early rock & roll, having released his first record in 1949. So he was already a veteran of the scene by the time this performance was filmed; despite still being in his 20s.