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Dave Bartholomew


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Dave Bartholomew (born December 24, 1920, Edgard, Louisiana) is a musician, band leader, composer and arranger, prominent in the music of New Orleans throughout the second half of the 20th century.

Bartholomew has been active in many musical genres, including rhythm and blues, big band, swing music, rock and roll, New Orleans jazz and Dixieland. Although many musicians have recorded Bartholomew’s songs, his partnership with Fats Domino produced some of his greatest successes. In the mid 1950s they wrote more than forty hits for Imperial Records, including two songs that reached Number One on the Billboard R&B chart “Goin’ Home” and “Ain’t That a Shame”. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

He first learned to play the tuba but the trumpet later became his main instrument. His professional career began in New Orleans, when he put together a group that included Alvin ‘Red’ Tyler, Earl Palmer and Lee Allen.
He began recording in 1947 for De Luxe Records, but the company folded and he received little recognition. In 1949, however, he began working with Lew Chudd’s Imperial Records as an arranger, bandleader and talent scout. He produced hits from Earl King, Tommy Ridgley, Robert Parker, Frankie Ford, Chris Kenner, Smiley Lewis, Shirley & Lee and Fats Domino, among others.


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  • intotheair

    the monkeyyyy speaks his mind!

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    thank you for writing "one night" and all those other tunes

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • unspoken7

    nice shout out in treme

    16 Apr 2010 Reply

    Bonjour j'aime cet artiste mais je ne trouve pas un morceau que j'adore. Dave Bartholomew - Whisborne (Instr). Si vous en avez la possibilité de me tenir informé cela me ferait plaisir. Mon adresse mail Bien à vous. Parisi Nicolo

    24 Dec 2009 Reply

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