R.I.P. Fat Domino, rock ’n’ roll pioneer

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Fat Domino, the singer-songwriter and piano participant whose model was vastly influential on the event of rock ‘n’ roll, has died. His loss of life was confirmed by Domino’s daughter, who referred to as Eric Paulsen, an anchor at native CBS affiliate WWL-TV and a longtime buddy of Domino’s, with the information. Paulsen reported it dwell on air. The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s workplace tells NPR that he died of pure causes. Domino was 89.

Domino was a lifelong resident of New Orleans’ Decrease Ninth Ward, the place he was born right into a musical French Creole household on Feb. 27, 1928. He dropped out of faculty to play piano in his teenagers, and in 1949 he met producer Dave Bartholomew, with whom he would produce a few of his largest hits. Domino’s nickname, given to him by bass participant and bandleader Billy Diamond, impressed his first single, “The Fats Man;” by 1953, that document had gone on to develop into the primary rock ‘n’ roll document to promote greater than 1,000,000 copies.

In 1955, Domino crossed over to the mainstream with “Ain’t It A Disgrace,” later retitled “Ain’t That A Disgrace.” Domino’s model cracked the highest 10, however in that period, radio was nonetheless extensively segregated, and it was a canopy by a white artist, Pat Boone, that reached No. 1. (Low-cost Trick later launched the track as a single in 1979.) The next yr, Domino had his largest hit, “Blueberry Hill,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard High 40 and No. 1 on the R&B charts.


The mainstreaming of rock ‘n’ roll was worthwhile for Domino, who had seven extra prime 10 hits between 1956 and 1959. The craze had its downsides, although: In 1956, riots broke out at 4 completely different Fat Domino reveals, together with one in North Carolina by which Domino and several other of his band members have been mildly injured. Ultimately, Domino charted a staggering 63 instances on the pop charts and 59 instances on the R&B charts between 1950 and 1963, outselling Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry alongside the best way.

Regardless of The Beatles’ adoration of Domino— “There wouldn’t have been a Beatles with out Fat Domino,” WWL-TV quotes John Lennon as saying—the British Invasion they introduced with them pushed him off of the pop charts within the 1960s. He was one of many first inductees into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame, nevertheless, inducted by Billy Joel—one other artist influenced by his music—in 1986. 4 of his songs have been inducted into the Grammy Corridor Of Fame, and he acquired a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.

A shy and reclusive man, Domino declined a proposal from President Invoice Clinton to carry out on the White Home, though he did settle for the Nationwide Medal of Arts. Domino needed to be airlifted out of his compound within the Decrease Ninth Ward throughout Hurricane Katrina, resulting in rumors that he had died; in 2006, President George W. Bush visited Domino’s residence, then nonetheless badly broken by Katrina, to exchange the Nationwide Medal of the Arts Domino misplaced within the storm.


Domino is survived by eight youngsters, and a whole style of music for which he was one of many key innovators.

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