Rock Pioneer Fats Domino Dies

Rock and Roll pioneer and Hall of Famer Fats Domino died of natural causes on October 24 in New Orleans at the age of 89. New Orleans television station WWL reported that he was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

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A New Orleans native, Domino was feared to have died when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and, like so many other residents, his home was flooded, but he was found a week after the storm safe and sound after being rescued by a boat.

During the years between 1950 and 1963 only Elvis Presley had more hits than Domino. And then the British Invasion changed the world of Rock and Roll.

A Medal of the Arts winner, the award was lost along with everything else in the storm. Originally presented by President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush traveled tFats_2By Ronzoni – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38618146o New Orleans to present a new award to Fats Domino. Fats has also earned the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Offbeat Magazine.

He was among the inaugural class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986. The other inductees were Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Ray Charles and the Everly Brothers. Fats is also a member of the Louisiana Music and the Rhythm and Blues Music Halls of Fame.

During his long career, Fats Domino has sold over 110 million records – 65 million of them albums – with over 60 hits on the Billboard charts. His hit songs “Blueberry Hill”, “Walking to New Orleans”, “Ain’t it a Sham”, and “The Fat Man” – the song believed to be the first rock and roll million selling single – are all a part of the Grammy Hall of Fame.

While Fats Domino’s music has appeared in over 100 films and television programs, he himself has three acting credits to his name for an uncredited role as himself in the Clint Eastwood movie “Any Which Way You Can”, “Jamboree!”, and “Shake, Rattle & Rock!”. He has also made appearances on variety and music shows, award shows, telethons, and documentaries.

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Producer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and long time friend of Domino spoke on his friend saying that there were two people who changed the music of the world Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino.

Speaking on Fats Domino, fellow rock and roll pioneer Little Richard said, “he was one of my greatest inspirations. God was tops — but earthly, Fats was it …” Adding, “he could play jazz. He could play anything. He was one of the greatest entertainers that I’ve ever known.”

One of nine children, he was born Antoine Domino Jr on February 26, 1928. The grandson of a slave and the son of a violin player, Fats taught himself how to play the piano. He began his musical career at the age of 14 performing in local establishments.

Predeceased by his wife of over 50 years Rosemary, Fats Domino is survived by his children.

Fats Domino Discography:
“Carry on Rockin’”
“Rock and Rollin with Fats Domino”
“Fats Domino Rock and Rollin’”
“This is Fats Domino”
“This is Fats”
“Here Stands Fats Domino”
“The Fabulous Mr. D”
“Let’s Play Fats Domino”
“A Lot of Dominos”
“Fats Domino”
“Let the Four Winds Blow”
“I Miss You So”
“What a Party”
“Twistin; the Stomp”
“Just Domino”
“Walking to New Orleans”
“Let’s Dance with Domio”
“Here He Comes Again”
“Here Comes Fats”
“Fantastic Fats”
“Trouble in Mind”
“Fats Domino ’65”
“Southland USA”
“Getaway with Fats Domino”
“Swings”
“Stompin’”
“My Blue Heaven”
“Fats is Back”
“Fats”
“Ain’t That a Shame”
“Cookin’ with Fats”
“Live in Las Vegas
“Live at Montreux”
“Big Rock Sounds”
“Live in New York”
“Live in Europe”
“Fats Domino 1980”
“Jambalaya”
“Live in Concert”
“The Fat Man Live”
“Easy Riding”
“Fats Live”
“In Concert”
“Be My Guest: Live!”
“Christmas Gumbo”
“The Fat Man Sings Live”
“Live in Concert”
“Live at Gilley’s”
“The Legends of New Orleans: Fats Domino Live”


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