Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, February 24, 3 pm ET. Joining Halli at her table is the director of the new American Masters documentary of the same name airing Friday, February 26, 10 pm on your PBS stations, Joe Lauro and associate producer and longtime friend of the legendary performer, Haydee Ellis.
Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll. With hits such as “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Walking to New Orleans” and more, Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues morphed into rock and roll, appealing to black and white audiences alike.
In celebration of Domino's eighty-eighth birthday, and in recognition of Black History Month, a conversation with film director Joe Lauro and Fats Domino's good friend Haydee Ellis in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary, FATS DOMINO AND THE BIRTH OF ROCK 'N' ROLL Wednesday, February 24, 3 p.m. ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.