Rock pioneer, 'Blueberry Hill' singer Fats Domino dies at age 89

Fats Domino

The New Orleans-bred piano player, also known as "the Fat Man", attracted a wide-ranging audience with hits like "Ain't That a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill", and in the 1950s sold more records than any rock "n" roll singer except Elvis Presley.

Domino had his first pop mainstream smash in 1955 with "Ain't It a Shame", though as was so often the case then a watered-down version by a white singer - in this case, Pat Boone, who changed the title to "Ain't That a Shame" - got more radio play.

Born Antoine Domino Jr.in the city's Lower 9th Ward on February 26, 1928, the Creole French musician pioneered a boogie-woogie style of piano playing that would become the bedrock of rock. He was 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner's office, said Domino died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

Blueberry Hill was a favourite of the Fats Domino protege.

Domino was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986 and has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He remained a lifelong New Orleans resident - or thereabouts - surviving Hurricane Katrina but losing most of his memorabilia, gold and platinum records and pianos in the 2005 disaster. The work was helped by proceeds from a tribute album to Domino, "Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino", featuring covers of his songs by musicians including McCartney, Willie Nelson and Elton John. He was a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Delta Music Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone Magazine listed him as number 25 on their list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time'.

Domino was married to Rosemary Domino for 60 years before her death in 2008 and the duo had eight children.

Related News:

  • Potential Tropical Cyclone #18 in Caribbean

    Potential Tropical Cyclone #18 in Caribbean

    You'll note in the chart below that there is a strong clustering of dots in the southwestern and northwestern Caribbean Sea. As a result, a moisture surge associated with the storm will get pulled toward South Florida by this weekend.
    Flu season is here, health officials urge vaccination

    Flu season is here, health officials urge vaccination

    Janet Li-Tall has given thousands of flu shots in her 11 years working at the Occupational Health department of UCLA Health. Those include children younger than five, seniors older than 64, and people with conditions like asthma or diabetes.
    Microsoft earnings: 84 cents a share vs 72 cents EPS expected

    Microsoft earnings: 84 cents a share vs 72 cents EPS expected

    LinkedIn reported revenue of $1.1 billion in the previous quarter and it once again came in at exactly the same number. As for Windows, revenue from companies putting Pro versions of the operating system on devices was up by 4 percent.
  • Asian Asset Sales and Cost Cuts Lifts ANZ to Profit

    Asian Asset Sales and Cost Cuts Lifts ANZ to Profit

    Fewer products on offer for customers and staff efficiency has helped drive ANZ to a profit of $1.86 billion over the past year. This year the bank has sold off its Asia retail network to concentrate on institutional business in the region.
    Robot Granted Citizenship In Saudi Arabia Immediately Trolls Elon Musk

    Robot Granted Citizenship In Saudi Arabia Immediately Trolls Elon Musk

    She addressed the conference in English without wearing a headscarf and abaya , which Saudi women are obliged to wear in public. The Hanson Robotics machine, which is created to be witty, use the moment to take a jab at AI doomsayer Elon Musk.
    Study Found That Formula in Baby Food Tested Positive For Arsenic,…

    Study Found That Formula in Baby Food Tested Positive For Arsenic,…

    The Clean Label Project posted and graded the products on its website but did not publish its findings in a peer-reviewed journal. Among the worst products were specific baby cereals made by Healthy Times, Organix, Gerber, Earth's Best, and Parent's Choice.
  • Ford Motor Company (F) Trucks Alone Produce More Revenue Than Facebook

    Ford Motor Company (F) Trucks Alone Produce More Revenue Than Facebook

    Ford deposed CEO Mark Fields in May, replacing him with Jim Hackett, who previously headed the company's Smart Mobility unit. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link .
    Watch the world's first supersonic auto  smash its first public test

    Watch the world's first supersonic auto smash its first public test

    Bloodhound SSC is created to reach 1,000mph in a bid to set a record that can not be beaten by existing technology. The most incredible thing about this test is that it only shows a fraction of what the Bloodhound is capable of.
    Google releases the Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview

    Google releases the Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview

    Instagram will be able to capture as good pictures as the stock app if you want to share photos on the social networking app. It allows apps to learn from your habits, which would help reduce latency while keeping sensitive data on your phone.
  • Dont'a Hightower Out for Year with Torn Pectoral

    Dont'a Hightower Out for Year with Torn Pectoral

    But as a linebacker group we gotta step up and try to take his place, which is gonna be tough to do". The loss is a huge blow to the Patriots defense, who already ranked 31st in defensive DVOA.
    Nets survive against Cavaliers without D'Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin

    Nets survive against Cavaliers without D'Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin

    The defensive presence outside the perimeter could be attributed to #Derrick Rose's absence during the last three games. Smith, who did not participate in the Cavs' shootaround because of a sore back, feels well enough to play, Lue said.
    George HW Bush Apologizes After Actress Claims He Sexually Assaulted Her

    George HW Bush Apologizes After Actress Claims He Sexually Assaulted Her

    Bush has issued a formal apology after two actresses came forward with allegations of sexual assault against the former president. After Bush touched her once more, Lind noticed that Barbara Bush "rolled her eyes" at her hubby, "as if to state 'not again".


Most liked

This is not the tax plan voters asked for
Unfortunately, it appears that many middle-income homeowners will see their taxes go up, not down, under the Big 6 plan. And lower income workers would not get any more help. "I just can't imagine not getting it done", said Rubio.

Three Cubs named Gold Glove finalists
Zobrist had a.988 fielding percentage with an.814 zone rating in 65 starts at second base this season. Royals' Lorenzo Cain, Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar and Twins' Byron Buxton were named the three finalists.

Tennessee Nurse Comforts Dying Patient by Singing Her Favorite Song
A gofundme account has been set up to help with funeral expenses. Megan Smith wrote that, to her mother, Neufelder is an "angel".

Apple Denies Lowering Face ID Camera Quality to Boost iPhone X Production
The pre-order system is a first-come-first-served basis and the quickest way to do it is via the Apple Store app . This case looks great, feels awesome and offers military grade drop protection without adding much bulk.