Fats Domino, Legendary Singer And Pianist, Dead At 89

The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer was known for hits like “Ain’t That a Shame” and “I’m Walkin’.”

“My first impression was a lasting impression,” Bartholomew said of Domino in a 2010 interview with The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He was a great singer. He was a great artist. And whatever he was doing, nobody could beat him.”

Fats Domino in 1973.

Domino’s musical style was inspired by the likes of pianist Meade Lux Lewis and singer Louis Jordan. However, he had created a sound all his own that no doubt contributed to his massive success.

As rock ‘n’ roll music gained popularity in the mid-’50s, Domino already had a number of R&B hits under his belt. His first album, “Carry On Rockin’” was officially released in November 1955 and reissued as “Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino” in 1956. That same year, Domino released a recording of “Blueberry Hill,” (a 1940 song written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock), which would go on to become his biggest hit. The single held the No. 1 spot on the R&B chart for 11 weeks and reached No. 2 on the Top 40 chart.

Over the years, his music was covered by countless artists, including John LennonNorah Jones and Cheap Trick.

Throughout the 1960s, Domino released music regularly, and according to Rolling Stone, he played six to eight months of the year through the mid-’70s.

He also received The National Medal of Arts at The White House in 1998 from President Bill Clinton.

As a native of New Orleans, Domino was one of the thousands affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The performer stayed in his home in the Lower Ninth Ward and was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter.

Following the natural disaster, Domino released a benefit album in 2006, “Alive and Kickin’,” to raise money for the Tipitina’s Foundation. In 2009, a benefit concert meant to raise funds for rebuilding schools damaged by Katrina was organized in his name.

Domino was married to Rosemary Hall from 1948 until her death in 2008. Together, they had eight children.

His impact on music, especially rock ‘n’ roll and R&B, will continue to live on. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fats-domino-dead-dies_us_59f09ac6e4b0e064db7e1af2?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009