Blue Monday (Fats Domino song)

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"Blue Monday"
Single by Fats Domino
GenreRhythm and blues
Songwriter(s)Dave Bartholomew

"Blue Monday" is a song originally written by Dave Bartholomew,[1] first recorded by Smiley Lewis and issued as a single, in January 1954, on Imperial Records (catalog # 5268).[2][3] The single, with a slow-rocking beat, features an instrumental electric guitar solo by Lewis.

It was later popularized in a recording by Fats Domino in 1956, also on Imperial (catalog # 5417), on which the songwriting credit was shared between him and Bartholomew.[4] Most later versions have credited Bartholomew and Domino as co-writers. The baritone saxophone solo is by Herbert Hardesty.[5]

Domino's version was featured in the 1956 film The Girl Can't Help It. It became one of the earliest rhythm and blues songs to make the Billboard magazine pop music charts, peaking at number five and reaching the number one spot on the R&B Best Sellers chart.[6] It reached number 23 on the UK Singles Chart[7] It was included on the 1957 album This Is Fats and the 1959 album Fats Domino sings 12,000,000 Records.

The song title was used for a 2006 biography of Domino by Rick Coleman.[8]

Cover versions[edit]

Buddy Holly was one of the first to cover the song and Cat Stevens also recorded a cover version. Tim Curry recorded the song for the theme of a 1986 British made-for-TV movie Blue Money. Gene Summers included "Blue Monday" on his 1981 album Gene Summers in Nashville for the French Big Beat label. Bob Seger covered the song for the 1989 film Road House and Dr. John covered the song for his 1992 album "Goin' Back to New Orleans." Huey Lewis and the News covered the song on their 1994 album Four Chords & Several Years Ago. Keith Almgren wrote lyrics in Swedish, with the song named "Härliga Lördag", and it was sung live in 1994 by Sten & Stanley.[citation needed]

New Order did not cover this, their "Blue Monday" is original.


  1. ^ BMI records for Blue Monday[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ J. C. Marion, "Tee Nah Nah : The Story of Smiley Lewis" Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Smiley Lewis - Blue Monday". Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ Label shot of Fats Domino single[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Davis, Hank (1993). Fats Domino: Out of New Orleans. Bear Family Records. p. 42.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 167.
  7. ^ "Fats Domino - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  8. ^ Coleman, Rick (2006). Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-81491-9.

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