Album:The King Sides
Of course Dave Bartholomew is a New Orleans R & B legend as a writer and producer mostly with Fats Domino. But he also plays trumpet and sings and he always has recorded under his own name. But he never had much success and his own recordings took a back seat to producing and writing for others. Bad Habit is one of several sides Bartholomew recorded for King Records in the early 50s. He was born Dec. 24, 1918 in Edgard, LA. Bartholomew's dad played tuba but Dave played trumpet after his family moved to New Orleans in 1933. Bartholomew learned about arranging while playing in the US Army band during World War II. After the war, he formed a band and played New Orleans clubs. Bartholomew recorded a few singles for Deluxe Records in 1948 including the regional hit Country Boy. But Deluxe closed. His band included Red Tyler on sax, Ernest McLean on guitar, Salvador Doucette on piano, Frank Fields on bass and Earl Palmer on drums. This is the band that played on those classic Fats Domino records. Then Bartholomew made a deal to be New Orleans house producer for Imperial Records. He had immediate success with Domino. But when some singles didn't chart, Bartholomew left Imperial and signed with King Records. He recorded for King from 1951-54. Bad Habit was released in 1952 the B side of My Ding-A-Ling, a song that would be made famous years later by Chuck Berry. You can get all of Bartholomew's King recordings on this Collectables CD. Bartholomew returned to Imperial in 1955 and that's when he really had a lot of success with Domino and other artists. But his King recordings are as good as any R & B from that era. Bartholomew has always recorded his own music but he was never successful. In recent years he has led his Dixieland jazz band playing trumpet. Dave Bartholomew was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1991. Here's a video of Bad Habit by Dave Bartholomew.