Saturday, February 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Fats Domino and The Best of the 1985 Grammy's

On February 26 in Black History...Fats Domino and the 1985 Grammy Awards

In 1928, Singer "Fats" Domino was born in New Orleans as Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.  Domino first attracted national attention with "The Fat Man" in 1949 on Imperial Records.  This song is an early rock and roll record, featuring a rolling piano and Domino doing "wah-wah" vocalizing over a strong back beat. It sold over a million copies and is widely regarded as the first rock and roll record to do so.      In the Fifties with a rockin' piano Fats Domino came out of New Orleans to become one of rock-and-roll's earliest and best stars. With 65 million record sales to his credit, Fats out sold every Fifties rock and and roll pioneer except Elvis Presley.  In 1957 he appeared in a movie that many consider to be the best rock-and-roll film ever made, The Girl Can't Help It, singing his hit "Blue Monday." 
In 1956 he put five songs in the top forty, including "I'm In Love Again" and Fats' rendition of a song that had reached number one for Glenn Miller in 1940, "Blueberry Hill". The latter went to number two and was Domino's highest charting record ever. Fats Domino took his place in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986.

In 1985, African-American musicians won awards in three BEST and several other key categories at the Grammy Awards ceremony.
Lionel Richie's 'Can't Slow Down' won BEST ALBUM of 1984.

Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got to Do With It' took the BEST RECORD slot and earned her the title Best Female Pop Vocalist.    
The Pointer Sisters won BEST POP GROUP for 'Jump
Other winners for the night included: 
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female - Shirley Caesar for Sailin'
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male - Andrae Crouch for "Always Remember"
Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group - Shirley Caesar & Al Green for "Sailin' on the Sea of Your Love"
Best Inspirational Performance - Donna Summer for "Forgive Me" 
JazzBest Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist - Wynton Marsalis for Hot House Flowers
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group - Art Blakey for "New York Scene" performed by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band - Count Basie for 88 Basie Street
Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Joe Williams for Nothin' But the Blues
Best Video Album - Michael Jackson for Making Michael Jackson's Thriller
Best Pop Instrumental Performance - Ray Parker Jr. for "Ghostbusters (Instrumental)"
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) - James Anthony Carmichael & Lionel Richie
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female - Chaka Khan for "I Feel for You"
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - James Ingram & Michael McDonald for "Yah Mo B There"
Best R&B Instrumental Performance - Herbie Hancock for Sound System
Best Rhythm & Blues Song - Prince (songwriter) for "I Feel For You" performed by Chaka Khan
Best Reggae Recording - Black Uhuru for Anthem
RockBest Rock Vocal Performance, Female - Tina Turner for "Better Be Good to Me"
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Prince & the Revolution for Purple Rain - Music From the Motion Picture

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