I Want to Walk You Home - Fats Domino
Fats Domino is now mainly known for a few terrific hits - Blueberry Hill, Ain't that a Shame, I hear you knocking - back in the fifties but between his first chart entry in 1952 and 1964 with the arrival of the Beatles in the U.S. he had over 60 hits on Billboard's Hot 100. He epitomised the rolling, easy music of the New Orleans area which over the years people, for want of a better categorisation, have called rock and roll but which i've always felt is as much a Louisiana hybrid of soul.
And none moreso than in his Trilogy of Romance, starting with "I want to walk you home", so laid back
"I wish I was the lucky guy
who could walk you right on down the aisle"
you could float on it.
As my ageing waistline measurement is rapidly approaching his in size- I feel there is hope for all of us, with a bit of wit, goodwill, and pure opportunist romanticism. And the lovely lilting melody - who could resist his honest, but knowing, charm?
Rock 'n roll? Naah, this one is so New Orleans laid back it's soul soul sooooo-ul.