Fats Domino, a rock ‘n roll legend who was born as Antoine Dominique Domino, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. During the 1950’s Domino was a pioneer of the rock ‘n roll genre and sold 65-million records, which was only outdone by Elvis Presley, as reported by the Hall of Fame, Rock ‘n Roll. Dozens of Domino’s songs were on the rhythm and blues & pop charts, such as Blueberry Hill, Whole Lotta Loving, Blue Monday and Hello Josephine, to only mention a few. In 2007, Singer Irma Thomas said to the New York Times, that he and Louis Armstrong were the first dominant names putting them on the musical-map. He was dubbed Fats due to his squatty, short stature and as an accolade to Fats Pichon and Fats Waller, also pianists. His first hit, The Fat man, an R&B song was recorded during 1949, whilst it was contemplated as one of the first rock ‘n roll songs.
Fats was born in New Orleans on February 26 1928. He was one among nine children. He was taught to play the piano by a brother in law. He performed in nightclubs during his teenage years. Later he teamed up with Dave Bartholomew, a trumpet player who became his producer and co-writer. Like his contemporaries Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Fats Domino was a black entertainer whose music helped to shape the early rock, whilst his music flowed over to the white audiences. After the floodwater of Katrina swept through his city, it was believed that he died, but later it was revealed that Fats together with his family were rescued by boat. All his gold record and Grammy awards were lost during the flood. However all were replaced. President George W Bush paid Domino a visit and handed him a brand new National Medal-of the-Arts. During his later years Fats rarely left New Orleans and became reluctant to perform. However, at B B Kings burial in 2015, he went to Indianola Mississippi to perform Amazing Grace. During 1986, he was inaugurated into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall-of-Fame. Vernon Reid, the guitarist of Living Color and Harry Connick Jr, a New Orleans musician, paid their respects to this pioneer of rock ‘n roll, via tweets