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Fats Domino
Fats Domino
Domino in 1962
Birthday/Birthplace Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.
(1928-02-26)February 26, 1928
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Deceased October 24, 2017(2017-10-24)
Harvey, Louisiana, U.S.
Other names
  • Fats
  • The Fat Man
Profession(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Active Years 1947–2007
Wife/Husband Rosemary Hall (m. 1947; d. 2008)
Kid(s) 8
Musical career
Genre(s)
  • Rock and roll
  • boogie-woogie
  • New Orleans rhythm and blues
Instruments Piano, vocals
Record Labels
  • Imperial
  • London
  • ABC
  • Mercury
  • Broadmoor
  • Reprise
  • Sonet
  • Warner Bros.
  • Toot Toot

Antoine Dominique Domino (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 26, 1928-Harvey, Louisiana, October 24, 2017), better known as Fats Domino , was a singer, composer and classical pianist of the R & B and African American rock and roll of the United States, as well as a father of rock and roll.

During the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s, he was the black singer who sold the most albums. He was also an individualist pianist with influences of boogie-woogie style. Its success served as a boost for the artists of New Orleans, reaching influences in places as unsuspected as Jamaica (the Jamaican ska is influenced by their music). His affable personality and rich accent added to his natural charm.

With the boogie-woogie of his piano and his characteristic voice of smooth rhythm, Fats Domino took an important turn to the style of New Orleans in what came to be known as rock and roll, reaching to sell more albums (65 million ) [quotation & nbsp; required] that any rock singer of the 1950s, with the exception of Elvis Presley.

He often found inspiration for his lyrics in people’s experiences. “Something that happened to someone, that’s howwrite my songs,” he declared. “I used to hear people talk every day, things happen in real life.used to go to different places,listened to people talking. Sometimesdid not expect to hear anything, and my mind was in my music ». No other veteran artist of the R & B of his time would approach his great impact on rock’n’roll, as evidenced by the wide variety of artists who cover their songs: from Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Ricky Nelson, Ike Turner and Tina Turner to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, T. Rex, Los Lobos and Cheap Trick.

Fats Domino’s Biography

Beginnings

Domino was born into a large family with several musicians. His father was a violinist and his uncle Harry acted as a jazz trumpeter in the orchestras of Oscar Celestin and Kid Ory. At the age of six he learned to play the piano and later would start with public performances accompanied by Billy Diamond, a bassist who would baptize him as Fats (Fat).

In these early years, music alternated with different works. He was an ice cream seller and later worked in a box spring factory. In this company he suffered a major work accident when a pile of box springs fell on him. As a result, his hands were injured to such an extent that doctors told him that he could not play the piano again. Domino did not resign himself to it and, after a long struggle for his rehabilitation, he managed to return to the stage again.

Race

He was discovered in 1948 at the Hideway Club by Lew Chudd of Imperial Records when he charged three dollars a week. His real career began in 1949 with the song “The Fat Man”, which he composed with Dave Bartholomew, whom he met at the Imperial, and which is considered by researchers as the first recording of a rock and roll. The recording, based on the theme “Junker’s Blues” by Champion Jack Dupree, was a huge success, selling around one million copies and reaching the second place on the Billboard R & B Charts list.

After this successful recording, Domino launched a series of new hits with producer and co-writer Dave Bartholomew, saxophonist Alvin “Red” Tyler and drummer Earl Palmer. Other notable musicians and many years in the Domino band were saxophonists: Reggie Houston, Lee Allen and Fred Kemp who was also the leader of the aforementioned band. Domino finally crossed the mainstream of pop with “Is not That a Shame” (1955) which was a hit in the Top Ten, although Pat Boone would arrive at number 1 with a version of this song.

His first album, Carry on Rockin ‘, was released in November 1956 under the Imperial label, to be reissued as Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino the following year, Domino released an unprecedented series of 35 singles that would enter the Top 40, including “Whole Lotta Loving”, “Blue Monday” and a funky version of the old ballad “Blueberry Hill».

After moving to ABC-Paramount in 1963, the brilliant recording career hit bottom, although Domino continued to perform live concerts. Although he remained active for decades, Domino would only get a new hit in 1968, a version of “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles, originally written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney emulating Domino’s style.

In the 1980s, Domino decided not to leave New Orleans anymore. He had a comfortable income from his royalties and there was also his aversion to travel and his idea that food like his land was nowhere to be found. As a famous artist, his inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an invitation to the White House could not be an exception. Domino lived in a mansion surrounded by a working class neighborhood in the Lower 9th Ward, where he could be seen with his bright pink Cadillac. He made annual appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & amp; Heritage Festival and other local events, demonstrating at all times that their talent had not diminished. In 1987, Fats Domino received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th Grammy Awards. It is cited as one of the most important links between music rhythm & amp; blues and rock and roll. His record career is enviable: He has sold about 70 million records with more than 90 singles and more than 25 recorded LPs, having obtained 21 gold records.

Fats Domino Net Worth – $8 Million

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