His musical prowess and unique sounds have been considered to be what laid the foundation for rock and roll's sound.
Iconic New Orleans trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, songwriter, and producer Dave Bartholomew passed away at age 100. The news was confirmed by NPR, who received word of the music giant's passing from his son Don Batholomew. Batholomew was best known for his collaborations with Fats Domino between 1949 and 1963. His musical prowess and unique sounds have been considered to be what laid the foundation for rock and roll's sound.
Trumpeter, composer, bandleader and Rock n’ Roll pioneer Dave Bartholomew passed away this morning at age 100.— New Orleans Jazz Museum (@nolajazzmuseum) June 23, 2019
Dave helped create rock 'n' roll by working on R&B hits with Smiley Lewis, Huey "Piano" Smith, Shirley and Lee, Lloyd Price and, most of all, Fats Domino. #RIP pic.twitter.com/cSYbqq9Ndm
David Louis Bartholomew was born on Christmas Eve in 1918 in Edgard, Louisiana. His musical influence came from watching showboats carrying bands up and down the Mississippi River. Growing up in a music-filled home helped a great deal as well. Batholomew's father Louis was a bass and tuba player who lent his talent to jazz clarinettist Willie Humphrey.
Trumpeter, composer and producer Dave Bartholomew died Sunday morning at the age of 100. Here he’s pictured with his protégée Fats Domino in 1999 and at a 2014 documentary premiere with Dr. John, another New Orleans legend who passed away only two weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/7875BvUQ4t— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) June 23, 2019
Bartholomew was also influenced by the late great Louis Armstrong, an artist he recalled listening to in the 2016 documentary 'The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock n'Roll'. Bartholomew would later go on to live in New Orleans after his father decided to move the family.
He had a major hand in the shaping of New Orleans rhythm and blues and early rock ’n’ roll, working closely with Fats Domino. Dave Bartholomew has died at 100. https://t.co/7zqbJiyi7d— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) June 23, 2019
But Armstrong would soon go on to influence Bartholomew further. Like his idol, Bartholomew wanted to create magic with the trumpet. While Bartholomew would become the cornerstone of rock and roll, Armstrong was exactly that for the jazz scene. He would soon go on to play for the likes of Oscar "Papa" Celestin and Joe Robichaux. After being drafted into the Army in 1942, Bartholomew learned to write and arrange music in an Army band.
Dave Bartholomew, who co-wrote "Ain't That a Shame" and "I'm Walkin'" with Fats Domino, has died at age 100. https://t.co/A7SXVpfAeh— The Associated Press (@AP) June 23, 2019
Dave Bartholomew, musician and producer who guided Fats Domino’s career, dies at 100 https://t.co/ZOT2XsOndW— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 24, 2019
Bartholomew also co-wrote and produced hits such as 'Ain't That a Shame,' 'I'm Walkin'' and 'Let the Four Winds Blow'. He is survived by his wife, eight children, and 25 grandchildren.