Fats Domino dies peacefully at home aged 89

Fats Domino dies peacefully at home aged 89, his family released a statement saying “he passed away peacefully from natural causes”.

Fats Domino a Rock n Roll legend will be sadly missed, his music was known all around the World and his family stated they are touched by the love and tributes they have recieved from his fans and all his friends.

Fats Domino – Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent. He had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold.

From 1955-60, he had eleven top 10 hits and his record sales were reportedly surpassed only by Elvis Presley.

During his career, Domino sold over 65 million records. His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums.

By age 14, Fats Domino was performing in New Orleans bars. In 1947, Billy Diamond, a New Orleans bandleader, accepted an invitation to hear the young pianist perform at a backyard barbecue.

Domino played well enough that Diamond asked him to join his band, the Solid Senders, at the Hideaway Club, in New Orleans. Diamond nicknamed him “Fats”, because Domino reminded him of the renowned pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon but also because of his large appetite.

He was signed to the Imperial Records label in 1949 by owner Lew Chudd, and was to be paid royalties based on sales instead of a fee for each song.

He and producer Dave Bartholomew wrote “The Fat Man”, a toned down version of a song about drug addicts called “Junkers Blues”; the record sold a million copies by 1951. Featuring a rolling piano and Domino vocalizing “wah-wah” over a strong backbeat, “The Fat Man” is widely considered the first rock-and-roll record to achieve this level of sales.

His 1956 recording of “Blueberry Hill”, a 1940 song by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock (which had previously been recorded by Gene Autry, Louis Armstrong and others), reached number 2 in the Top 40 and was number 1 on the R&B chart for 11 weeks, It was his biggest hit, selling more than 5 million copies worldwide in 1956 and 1957.

In 1986 he was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, He also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award that year.

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