Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Fats Domino Dead at 89

Fats Domino, the piano-playing New Orleans rock 'n' roll original, has died at the age of 89. According to local news reports, he passed away peacefully surrounded by family.

Known for landmark hits like "Ain't That A Shame," "I'm Walkin'," and "Blueberry Hill," Domino was a significant force in the early development of rock music. He was a major influence on the likes of Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney, who is said to have based the piano part in "Lady Madonna" on Fats' style.

Domino's first single, "The Fat Man," was released in 1949 and would sell over one million copies. It’s considered the first rock 'n' roll record to do so. Through the '50s and '60s, Fats’ records would continue to sell well, earning a place as the most commercially successful black artist of the era.

Born Antoine Domino Jr. in 1928, Fats would earn over 35 top 40 records in his career, the majority of which came during a key run between 1955 and 1963. After changing record labels in 1963, he never achieved the same level of success but remained an absolutely central figure in the pantheon of early rock music. He was among the first inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, though he skipped the induction ceremony after deciding later in life never to leave his native New Orleans again.

Fats Domino Ain't That A Shame

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