Berry And Domino Remembered At 2018 Grammys
Where the night saw Tom Petty honored with a powerful “Wildflowers” duet between Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris, Texas blues prodigy Gary Clark Jr. decided to shake things up a bit in honor of two men who by their very nature, helped mold an entire musical movement known for shaking things up.
He enlisted the help of Louisiana musician Jon Batiste for a joint tribute to rock and roll’s founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, who both passed away in 2017, resurrecting once more the piano tickling boogie woogie roots and irreverent, unapologetic guitar riffs that are the foundation to everything rock music fans know and love.
— Chuck Berry (@ChuckBerry) January 28, 2018
Batiste kicks things off with Domino’s 1955 megahit “Ain’t That A Shame” – a stellar choice, considering Fats himself was a Louisiana native – before giving way to a jangly, raucous cover of Berry’s “Maybellene” that found Gary Clark Jr. and Batiste calling forth that quick and dirty rock and roll spirit that once left parents around America afraid to let their kids listen to the radio. Ladies and gentlemen, this is how you pay tribute to legends; wherever Chuck and Fats are, we’re willing to bet that they were stomping, clapping, and whistling right along with the rest of us!