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01 April 2010

Ray Charles On Fats Domino & Friends (1986)

Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Paul Schaffer, Fats Domino, Ron Wood.
Discussion during rehearsals. Fats Domino, Paul Shaffer, Ray Charles and (someone with the hair of) Jerry Lee Lewis.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Fat Man - Fats Domino
  3. Walking To New Orleans - Fats Domino
  4. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
  5. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Fats Domino
  6. CC Rider - Fats Domino
  7. Sentimental Journey - Fats Domino
  8. I Was Raised On Rock - Jerry Lee Lewis, ft Ron Wood
  9. Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis, ft Ron Wood
  10. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis, ft Ron Wood
  11. A Certain Girl - Ron Wood & Paul Shaffer
  12. I've Got A Woman - Ray Charles, ft Ron Wood
  13. Drown In My Own Tears - Ray Charles
  14. Lewis Boogie - Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis & Fats Domino, ft Ron Wood
  15. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis & Fats Domino, ft Ron Wood
  16. Swanee River Rock - Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis & Fats Domino, ft Ron Wood
  17. The Rockin' Piano - Instrumental
Ad from TV Guide. 19 - 25 Jul. 1986.
Splendid TV concert, directed by Len Dell'Amico, recorded on 5 June 1986 at the Storyville Jazz Hall, in New Orleans.
Listen to Paul Shaffer in the trailer, below. The first air date, on cable TV, I found was 25 July 1986, under the title Cinemax Sessions: Fats Domino And Friends.

Released as a VHS by Atlantic/WEA (28 May 1991) and as a DVD by Time Life Records (6 March 2007, ASIN: B000MTDRFE).
There's also a German release (High Planet Entertainment, 8 September 2004, ASIN: B00022LOHY), titled Rockin' Pianos.
German LP (1987).
There also was an LP release (on vinyl) in Germany: Exclusive Records DLC 1987.

Performers & personnel:
Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis - piano, vocal; Ray Charles - keyboards, vocal; Sugar Blue - harmonica; accompanied by Paul Shaffer, Ron Wood, Roy Gaines, Harold Cowart, Steve Jordan.

The complete concert is often offered online on a pay-per-view basis in the U.S., and sometimes for free everywhere else:

The first 3m33s can be watched here.


Another promo for a 2017 broadcast of the show, with great rehearsal footage:

More rehearsal stuff here:

I've Got A Woman:

Drown In My Own Tears:

Lewis Boogie/Jambalaya:
HBO Archives (Tape Ref Number 5488 - 125817) has shelved extensive backstage source materials. The AP Archive has a 5-minute news item from 5 August 1986, titled Fats Domino Homage: "Legendary jazz greats including Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Wood, pay musical homage to pianist [sic! BS] Fats Domino".

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