Oral History Information
Job TitleSongwriter, Band Leader
Dave Bartholomew was a noted bandleader, trumpeter, and songwriter who captured a pioneering sound known as the “big beat” of rock and roll. His uncanny ability to provide the perfect musical expression to the words of his bandmate Fats Domino resulted in a long list of classic recordings. Together the team wrote “I’m Walkin’,” ”Ain’t that a Shame,” “I’m in Love Again,” “Blue Monday,” and “Valley of Tears.” Equally impressive were his talents as arranger and bandleader. Over the years he cultivated the talents of legendary musicians including his drummer and life long friend Earl Palmer.