American Masters

Fats Domino Concerts: Riots and Rock n' Roll

Clip: Season 30 Episode 4 | 1m 55s

White and black fans flocked to Fats Domino concerts, integrating many venues for the first time. Four riots took place in 1956. Saxophonist Herb Hardesty describes two concerts and says the riots weren't about race. This film excerpt includes Domino being interviewed about rock n' roll and it's possible influence on rioting. Domino says "music makes people happy. I know it makes me happy."

Aired: 02/26/16

Rating: NR

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