Fats Domino, Dead at 89

Fats Domino, Dead at 89

“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






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