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by songwriter/bandleader Dave Bartholomew
FAST-TRACK: Dave Bartholomew (1918 to 2019) was an American musician, bandleader and songwriter. Davis Louis Bartholomew was born on December 24th 1918 in Edgard, Louisiana, USA. He first learned to play the tuba, then took up the trumpet which was taught to him by Peter Davis (who himself had once tutored Louis Armstrong). In around 1933, he moved with his parents to New Orleans, where he played in local 'jazz' and brass bands (including Fats Pichon's band on a Mississippi riverboat), and after a stay in Jimmie Lunceford's band joined the US Army during World War II. It was there that Bartholomew developed writing and arranging skills while with the 196th Army Ground Forces Band. At the end of the war, he returned to New Orleans, and by November 1945 had started leading his own dance band, 'Dave Bartholomew and the Dew Droppers'. He was active from early on in many different musical genres, including 'rhythm and blues', 'big band', 'swing' music, 'rock and roll', 'New Orleans jazz' and 'Dixieland jazz'. During his later induction into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame", he was described as a key figure in the transition from 'jump blues' and 'swing' to 'R&B', and as "one of the Crescent City's greatest musicians and a true pioneer in the 'rock and roll' revolution". A prolific songwriter, many other musicians recorded Bartholomew's songs during his career, although it was his partnership with Fats Domino which produced most of his greatest successes. In the mid-1950s, they wrote more than forty hits together for 'Imperial Records', including two songs which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart - "Goin' Home" and "Ain't That a Shame". His other big hit songs as a composer included "I Hear You Knocking", "Blue Monday", "I'm Walkin'", "My Ding-A-Ling" and "One Night". As well as his aforementioned induction into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame", he was also made a member of both the "Songwriters Hall of Fame" and the "Louisiana Music Hall of Fame". Dave Bartholomew died at East Jefferson General Hospital on June 23rd 2019, aged 100. http://www.nola.com/entertainment/2019/06/dave-bartholomew-new-orleans-composer-who-helped-create-rock-n-roll-dies-at-100-report.html
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Bartholomew
Posted: 23rd June 2019
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