Ain't That a Shame

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"Ain't That a Shame"
Single by Fats Domino
from the album Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino
B-side "La-La"
Released 14 April 1955
Format 7"
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:16
Label Imperial
Writer(s) Antoine Domino, Dave Bartholomew
Fats Domino singles chronology
"Don't You Know"
"Ain't That a Shame"
"All by Myself"
"Ain't That a Shame!"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Ain't That a Shame and 11 Others
B-side "Soon (I'll Be Home Again)" (from the same album)
Released April 1963
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 2:36
Label Vee-Jay Records
Writer(s) Antoine Domino, Dave Bartholomew
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Walk Like a Man"
"Ain't That a Shame!"
"Candy Girl"
"Ain't That a Shame"
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Cheap Trick at Budokan
B-side "ELO Kiddies"
Released 1979
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 5:10
Label Epic
Writer(s) Antoine Domino, Dave Bartholomew
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"I Want You to Want Me"
"Ain't That a Shame"
"Dream Police"

"Ain't That a Shame" is a song written by Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. Released by Imperial Records in 1955,[1] the song was a hit for Domino, eventually selling a million copies. It reached #1 on the "Black Singles" chart and #10 on the "Pop Singles" chart.[2] The song is ranked #438[3] on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song gained national fame after being re-recorded by white recording artist Pat Boone.[4] Domino's version soon became more popular, bringing Domino's music to the mass market a half dozen years after his first major recording, "The Fat Man".[5]

After "Ain't That a Shame", mainstream artists began covering Domino's songs. Teresa Brewer, for instance, performed the Domino rewrite of a folk song called "Bo Weevil".

The Four Seasons version hit #22 on the Billboard charts in 1963.[6]

According to legend, Pat Boone suggested the title and lyrics be altered to "Isn't That A Shame" to make it more appealing to a broader audience but was dissuaded by his producers.[7] Despite his suggestion being rejected, Boone had his first Billboard number-one single in 1955. Domino complimented Boone's cover of the song.[4] Boone likes to tell the story about a Fats Domino concert and Domino invited Boone on stage. Domino showed a big gold ring and said "Pat Boone bought me this ring."[8]

This was the first song that John Lennon learned to play. He later covered it on Rock 'n' Roll.[9]

On the screen[edit]

Fats Domino can be seen performing this song in a 1956 film Shake, Rattle & Rock!. The song is heard in American Graffiti, and is used in the movies October Sky, L.A. Story, School Ties and Mischief. As of April 2007, the song can be heard in commercials for Dr Pepper. It can be heard at the end of the Season Four finale of the television series The Shield. It was also included in the soundtrack for the 2010 video game Mafia II.

Chart positions (Cheap Trick version)[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 35
Canadian RPM Top Singles 10
Dutch Singles Chart 25
New Zealand Singles Chart 24


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Domino, Fats. "The Story Of Fats Domino's 'Ain't That A Shame'". NPR. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Fats Domino | Awards". AllMusic. 1928-02-26. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  3. ^ Rodman, Sarah. "Fats Domino, 'Ain't It a Shame' - 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Show 6 - Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll: The rock revolution gets underway. [Part 2] : UNT Digital Library". 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942-1988, p. 122. Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-068-7
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 237. 
  7. ^ Cavallo, Dominick (1999). A Fiction of the Past: The Sixties in American History, p. 151. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-21930-X.
  8. ^ [1] Archived August 23, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Ain't That A Shame by Fats Domino Songfacts". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 

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Preceded by
"Unchained Melody" by Roy Hamilton
Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
June 11, 1955 - August 13, 1955
Succeeded by
"Maybellene" by Chuck Berry