Fats Domino Photography

Fats Domino

Antoine “Fats” Domino was born in New Orleans in 1928, and this singer/piano player/bandleader would become one of the most influential shapers of the New Orleans R&B sound. As one of the first ever rock ’n’ rollers, his influence upon artists such as the Beatles, Elton John, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Robert Plant, and many others is incalculable.

Fats kicked off his career in the late 1940s and scored five gold records before 1955. From then through the ’80s, Domino racked up an astounding 35 Top-40 hits in America alone, including “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Walking to New Orleans,” and “Blue Monday.” He eventually stopped playing outside the Crescent City, but fans from around the globe trekked to his home turf to catch a glimpse of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Domino returned to the public eye in 2005 when he was reported to have died in Hurricane Katrina, though he was eventually rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. He released the album Alive and Kickin’ in 2006 to erase all uncertainty about his rumored demise, and his Lower Ninth Ward home has since been gutted and restored.

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