Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1955: Fats Domino is atop the R&B chart with Ain’t That a Shame. Pat Boone will cover the song, which serves to make Fats even more popular. Boone likes to tell of the time he’s at a Domino concert. Fats invites him on stage, flashes a huge gold ring on his finger and says, “Pat Boone bought me this ring!” Fats performs this song in the 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. Other cool covers are by John Lennon and Hank Williams, Jr. With respect to both, they can’t touch Fats. Ain’t no shame in that.