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Fats Domino

Posted on 25 October 2017 by Brian Walsh

Antoine “Fats” Domino, pioneering R&B and Rock pianist and vocalist, died Tuesday night (October 24) at his home in Harvey, Louisiana at the age of 89, surrounded by his family. Born in the New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward, he was taught to play piano by his brother-in-law and played with the band “The Solid Senders” there in the ‘40s. Embarking upon a solo career, he recorded “The Fat Man” with producer Dave Bartholmew in 1949 for Imperial Records. It began a string of successes for Fats and Dave (who often co-wrote the songs), such as “Blueberry Hill” (#2-1957), “I’m In Love Again” (#3-1956), “I’m Walkin’” (#4-1957), “Blue Monday” (#5-1957) and “Whole Lotta Loving” (#6-1959). All told, Fats appeared 66 times on the pop charts alone and a dozen top ten R&B hits before that. He was feared dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but it was later learned he had been rescued by the Coast Guard and taken to Baton Rouge. Fats was an initial inductee into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of fame in 1986. He received a Lifetime Achivement Grammy in 1987. He was given the National Medal of the Arts in 1998. Fats appeared in the movies “Shake, rattle And Rock!” and “The Girl Can’t Help It” in 1956. His last public performance was ten years ago.

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