Rock ‘n roll pioneer and New Orleans music great David Bartholomew died Sunday at a hospital outside New Orleans, Fox News reported. Bartholomew was 100 years old.
A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bartholomew co-wrote and produced many hits with Fats Domino in the 1940s and 50s when rock ‘n roll was just getting started. He also played a major part in the R&B popular in New Orleans at the time.
Some of the songs he wrote and produced included “Ain’t That a Shame,” ”I’m Walkin,'” and “Let the Four Winds Blow.” Besides songwriting and producing, Bartholomew also played the trumpet, composed and arranged music, and was a bandleader.
Bartholomew also had a hand in music produced by Elton John, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams Jr. and Cheap Trick, among many others.
He was credited with putting the “big beat” together with blues tunes, which helped to create the genre of rock ‘n roll. He was able to rise to the top in the Jim Crow South, which was still segregated at the time.
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