Watch the The Fat Man online guitar lesson by Jasper Mortier from 50 Blues Bass Licks You Must Know
The Fatman is considered to be one of the first Rock & Roll songs, even before the invasion of the electric guitar. It's another variation on the 12 bar: this time it's 10! Once again you probably don't even notice this before you actually start to analize the song. A lot of the early New Orleans stuff from Fats Domino and Little Richard is often recorded with only 3 microphones. I think this particular song was probably even recorded with just 2 microphones: one for the vocal and one for the other instruments. The piano and the bass are standing pretty close, but the drums and the saxophone are very distant.