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Fats Domino

  • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Birthday: February 26
Date of passing: 
October 24, 2017

Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. was a singer-songwriter and pianist from New Orleans who was best known for his traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar and drums.

Domino had 35 records on Billboard’s Top 40, five of which sold more than a million copies and were certified gold. During 1955 to 1960, he had eleven Top 10 hits and his record sales were reportedly surpassed only by Elvis Presley. Over the course of his career, he sold more than 110 million records, with hits including "Blueberry Hill" and ''Ain't It a Shame.”

He performed multiple times on The Dick Clark Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and Late Night with David Letterman. He also appeared in three films as himself, including Shake, Rattle & Rock!, Jamboree! and Any Which Way You Can.

Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. was a singer-songwriter and pianist from New Orleans who was best known for his traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar and drums.

Domino had 35 records on Billboard’s Top 40, five of which sold more than a million copies and were certified gold. During 1955 to 1960, he had eleven Top 10 hits and his record sales were reportedly surpassed only by Elvis Presley. Over the course of his career, he sold more than 110 million records, with hits including "Blueberry Hill" and ''Ain't It a Shame.”

He performed multiple times on The Dick Clark Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and Late Night with David Letterman. He also appeared in three films as himself, including Shake, Rattle & Rock!, Jamboree! and Any Which Way You Can.

Additionally, his music was regularly featured on television, including episodes of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Quantum Leap, Ally McBeal, The Shield and Vegas, as well as the films The Girl Can’t Help It, American Graffiti, The Blues Brothers, Any Which Way You Can, Road House, L.A. Story, Father of the Bride Part II, October Sky and Meet the Parents.

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

Domino died October 24, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was 89.

 

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Fats Domino

Fats Domino

Photo credit: 
AP