Rock Legend Fats Domino At 89: An Overview of His Career

Rock and roll star Fats Domino, who sold more than 65 million records, and outsold every 1950s act apart from Elvis Presley, has died at age 89. He was known for his boogie-woogie singing and acoustic guitar.

Domino’s first single sold one million. The first rock ‘n roll song was “The Fat Man”, which he recorded in 1949 for Imperial Records. Between 1963 and 1964, he had more than 30 Top 40 singles. He also topped the R&B charts over 60 times. He was the recipient of more than 2 dozen gold records for sales exceeding a million.

Domino was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1928. He remained in the city for almost his entire life. He toured extensively, stayed longer than in later years and refused to leave the region, even to win awards. He said that New Orleans was his favorite place for food. He took his own pans and pots with him on the road. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of its first members in 1986, he was also awarded a Grammy for lifetime achievement the next year.

Domino, a Hurricane Katrina victim in 2005, was once again in the news. He moved to a gated community after his home was rebuilt. After a talent agent claimed that Domino had not heard from him since the disaster, rumors began to circulate that he had been killed. Although he claimed he was still alive, he stated that he had lost all his possessions.

President Bill Clinton had presented Domino with the National Medal of Arts. After his medal was damaged by the Hurricane flooding, President George W. Bush visited Domino to provide a replacement. Domino was the father of eight children. He later became well-known for creating elaborate meals for his friends and family.

Antoine Domino Jr. was a teenager when he began playing the piano. He was a regular member of Bill Diamond’s band, and was named after his 220 pound frame. He was also known as Fats Waller, a keyboardist. He stood 5’5″ tall and joked that he was twice as tall as he was wide. He joked that he was as tall as he was. Later, this sound became a standard in rock music.

Domino quickly added the piano riff to “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” while Domino was recording the song. Although “Blueberry Hill” was recorded by other artists, Domino’s version remains the most popular. “I’m Walking” sold more than Ricky Nelson’s version. Domino’s audience was made up of many white people. This helped to promote musical integration and understanding in a time when there were racial tensions.

Pat Boone’s rendition of Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame” was titled. Presley stated that Domino was the true king of rock and rejected the title “The King”. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Pat Boone recorded Domino songs. McCartney also wrote the Beatles song “Lady Madonna”, which he based on Domino’s work. Chubby Checker was also named after Domino.


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