" is a hit song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison
. It is the opening track
of his fourth studio album, His Band and the Street Choir
. This song is Morrison's personal musical tribute to New Orleans
R&B singer and pianist Fats Domino
It was released by Warner Bros. Records
in October 1970 as the first of three singles from the album and reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100
charts. In 2010, "Domino" remains Morrison's highest charting single ever, surpassing Morrison's signature song
, "Brown Eyed Girl
" which had charted at number 10 in 1967.
Recording and composition
Morrison had written the song several years before it was released in 1970. With Lewis Merenstein
as producer, it was recorded on three takes dating back to sessions in autumn 1968 at Warners Publishing Studio in New York City. Another eight takes of the song were recorded during several sessions in 1969 at the same studio and again with Merenstein as producer. The version released on His Band and the Street Choir
was recorded in spring 1970 at A&R Recording Studios in New York City with Elliott Scheiner as engineer.Heylin. Can You Feel the Silence?
, pp. 518-520 Music journalist Erik Hage
writes that one of the reasons for not releasing it until 1970 may have been that Morrison believed it could be a hit single and held it back to avoid it falling under the year long single clause in his contract release with... Read More