Fats Domino: Walkin' Back to New Orleans
A WLAE Original Documentary
On August 29th, 2005, one of New Orleans’ most celebrated and culturally diverse neighborhoods, an area known as the lower Ninth Ward, was literally washed away. Washed away when the nearby levees failed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As the water rose, homes, memories and lives were destroyed.
One lifelong resident of the area, who embodied this spirit in everything he did, was Antoine Domino…known the world over as Fats.
…the legendary piano man never wanted to leave the city he loved. Not even when faced with a one-hundred year storm. And so he didn’t.
Like most New Orleanians, even at the height of his fame, the legendary piano man never wanted to leave the city he loved. Not even when faced with a one-hundred year storm. And so he didn’t.
WLAE is proud to present the story of Fats Domino and how one humble man, who changed music forever, without even trying, has become a symbol of strength for a people in despair. He was a beacon of light for a neighborhood that could have easily been forgotten and an ambassador of hope for the city that care really did forget…all by just being himself.
Fats Domino “Walkin’ Back To New Orleans”, is a one-hour documentary and concert special that was produced by LAE Productions. This High Definition program combines interviews with music icons, vintage footage of the early days of Fats Domino and a recent concert taped at the legendary New Orleans music hot spot, Tipitina’s. The concert features a list of Fats Domino favorites including Blueberry Hill, Shake-Rattle & Roll, Blue Monday and Ain’t That A Shame.
This is most definitely Television Worth Watching. Check out these write-ups at Nola.com and The Washington Times.