“Blueberry Hill”, “Ain’t That A Shame” were Domino’s hits
Domino dominated the charts in the 1950s with hits “Blueberry Hill”, “Ain’t That a Shame” and “I’m Walkin'”. He gave the emerging genre a heavy shot of rhythm.
Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr was born in New Orleans in 1928. He took up the piano at an early age, being taught by his brother-in-law. Domino was was given the nickname “Fats” by bandleader Bill Diamond. He said that Domino’s playing reminded him of other great piano players, Fats Weller and Fats Pichon.
Domino, dropped out of school at 14. He teamed up with trumpeter Dave Bartholomew and the two co-wrote “The Fat Man”. It was like overnight that the city of New Orleans became popular nationwide.
The way Fats played the piano made the world realize that the piano could indeed be a rock’n’roll instrument.
The Fat Man
Once asked if he got to meet The Beatles when they were in New Orleans, Fats Domino replied, "No, they got to meet me." pic.twitter.com/uUA0evJmfu
— Dave Paulson (@ItsDavePaulson) October 25, 2017
RIP the great and supremely talented Fats Domino. He made "Ain't That a Shame", probably the happiest depiction of a break-up ever recorded pic.twitter.com/mG2m0i7MoN
— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) October 25, 2017
I found My Thrill on " Blueberry Hill"! RIP Fats Domino
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 25, 2017
RIP fats domino… you helped pave the way for new orleans piano players… see you on top of that blueberry hill in the sky ❤️🙏🏼❤️
— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) October 25, 2017