Fats Domino & Ricky Nelson
1980

I'm Walkin
#4 in 1957

Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino was born February 26, 1928, in New Orleans, Louisana. Domino crossed into the pop mainstream with "Ain't That a Shame" (1955), which hit the Top Ten, though Pat Boone characteristically hit #1 with a milder cover of the song that received wider radio airplay in a racially segregated era. Domino would eventually release 37 Top 40 singles, including "Whole Lotta Loving" and "Blue Monday. Eric Hilliard "Ricky" Nelson, later known as Rick Nelson was born on May 8, 1940, in Teaneck, New Jersey. Ricky Nelson began a rock and roll music career in 1957. He recorded his debut single, the Fats Domino song "I'm Walkin'", seeking to impress a date who was an Elvis Presley fan — Nelson's first song was a hit, reaching #4 on the charts. Soon, each episode of the Ozzie & Harriet television show ended with a musical performance by "Ricky". While on tour, he died in a plane crash in De Kalb, Texas on December 31, 1985; he was on his way to a New Year's Eve concert in Dallas, Texas. Nelson was interred in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. The last song he sang on stage before his death was Buddy Holly's "Rave On."
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