December 24, 1920: Producer, arranger, songwriter and trumpet player Dave Bartholomew is born in Edgard, Louisiana.
September 1947: Dave Bartholomew releases his first record, “She’s Got Great Big Eyes (and Great Big Thighs),” on the DeLuxe label.
December 10, 1949: Having gotten Fats Domino signed to Imperial Records, Dave Bartholomew produces the New Orleans singer/pianist’s first recording session, at Cosimo Matassa's J&M studio.
February 11, 1950: “Country Boy,” by Dave Bartholomew and His Orchestra, enters the R&B chart at #14, its peak position. Bartholomew who will thereupon achieve greater renown as a producer and arranger for Fats Domino and other New Orleans singers.
February 18, 1950: "The Fat Man," Fats Domino’s first single, enters the R&B chart, where it will peak at #2. Produced, arranged and cowritten by Dave Bartholomew, it reputedly sell a million copies, and some consider it the first rock and roll record.
June 10, 1950: “Stack-a-Lee,” by New Orleans pianist Leon T. Gross (recording as “Archibald”), enters the R&B chart, where it will make the Top Ten. This protean old folk-blues song about a poker game and the murder that resulted will be remade by Lloyd Price as “Stagger Lee,” a Number One R&B hit, in 1958.
May 20, 1952: “I’m Gone,” by the vocal duo of Shirley & Lee – recorded with producer Dave Bartholomew and his band - enters the R&B chart, where it will reach #2 for three weeks.
May 17, 1952: “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” by Lloyd Price, enters the R&B chart, which it will top for seven weeks, replacing Fats Domino’s first chart-topper, “Goin’ Home.” Both songs are produced by Dave Bartholomew and feature Domino on piano.
May 14, 1955: Fats Domino’s "Ain't That a Shame” enters the R&B chart, which it will top for 11 weeks. Cowritten and produced by Dave Bartholomew, it will also become his first crossover hit, entering the pop charts in mid-July and peaking at #10. Pat Boone’s cover version, meanwhile, will go to Number One.
September 3, 1955: “I Hear You Knocking,” by Smiley Lewis, enters the R&B chart, where it will reach #2. Written by Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino, the song will be revived in 1971 by rocker Dave Edmunds, who will take it to #4.
May 20, 1957: “Let the Four Winds Blow,” by Roy Brown, enters the R&B chart, where it will peak at #5. Produced by Dave Bartholomew and written by him and Fats Domino, the song will become the lone pop hit (reaching #29) for Brown, the R&B singer who wrote the classic “Good Rockin’ Tonight.”
February 2, 1962: Al Robinson records “Dedicated to Domino,” a song cowritten by producer Dave Bartholomew in tribute to his longtime partner and collaborator. Unreleased for decades, it will finally appear on That’s Fats: A Tribute to Fats Domino, released in 1991.
April 16, 1962: Fats Domino’s final session for Imperial Records with producer Dave Bartholomew yields his last Hot 100 hits for the label, “Nothing New (Same Old Thing”) and “Dance With Mr. Domino.”
April 1963: Fats Domino signs a lucrative deal with ABC Records after leaving Imperial, effectively ending his partnership with longtime producer Dave Bartholomew. The sale of Imperial to Liberty Records later this year will also conclude Bartholomew’s association with the label.
October 21, 1972: “My Ding-a-Ling,” by Chuck Berry, tops the pop chart. The only Number One hit by the rock and roll pioneer was first recorded in 1952 by Dave Bartholomew as “Little Girl Sing Ding a Ling.”
January 16, 1991: Dave Bartholomew is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the sixth annual induction ceremony. Charles and Art Neville are his presenters.
June 10, 1998: Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the National Academy of Popular Music’s 29th annual ceremony in New York City.
November 8, 2009: Dave Bartholomew is inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. His induction almost coincides with the 60th anniversary of his historic first recording session with Fats Domino.