One of rock ‘n’ roll’s true pioneer’s Dave Bartholomew is dead at the ripe old age of 100 years old and 6 months, his death was confirmed to NPR on Sunday, June 23rd, by his son Don Bartholomew.
Bartholomew was the trumpet-playing, hit-maker from New Orleans that is probably best known for his years with Fats Domino, 14 in all, and with Domino, the two of them wrote songs that included the hits “Ain’t That a Shame” and “I’m Walkin.’”
Bartholomew, who was also a World War II Army veteran, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and his songs were covered by some of the biggest stars at the time including Elvis Presley’s versions of his songs “Witchcraft” and “One Night.” A highlight for Bartholomew’s songwriting ability was Chuck Berry’s rendition of his song “My Ding-a-Ling,” which also went to number one on the Billboard chart in 1972.
After turning 100 on Christmas Eve 2018, his birthday party celebration was postponed in December after he was hospitalized following complications from treatment of a urinary tract infection, according to music site offbeat.com. Dave Bartholomew reportedly died from the result of heart failure.