Dave Bartholomew - trumpet, composer, arranger, producer
New Orleans music man, Dave Bartholomew is one of the truly distinguished figures of the delta music scene, a man with multi talents as a songwriter, producer, bandleader and horn player who spans many eras of popular music genres. Known in many circles for his long and fruitful music and songwriting partnership with another crescent city music personality, Antoine Fats Domino, many of Bartholomew's other claims to musical fame are actually less well known.
The self-proclaimed inventor of the “Big Beat” was born on December 24, 1920 in Edgard, Louisiana. By age 14, Bartholomew had already played with many of the most popular bands of the south, Papa Celestin, Joe Robicheaux and Professor Claiborne Williams, among them. In 1939, he joined the Fats Pichon band aboard the river boat, SS Capitol. Traveling up and down the Mississippi, the band would spend summers in St. Paul, Minnesota and winters at home, in New Orleans.
During these years, Bartholomew also put in a stint with the then renowned Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra, prior to joining the army during World War II. He served with the U.S. Army Band, while simultaneously trying his hand, for the first time, at writing and arranging music. Mustered out of the Army, Bartholomew eased into the post-war scene by starting his own band, at one of whose dates, in Houston, Texas, he met the highly successful record man Lew Chudd, of Imperial Records. Bartholomew was signed to the label and soon made the acquaintance of another delta area music man, Antoine Fats Domino. He produced and co-wrote with Domino, The Fat Man, and hit immediate pay-dirt as the single reached sales of one million plus.