Published: Thu, October 26, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Artists, musicians, officials react to death of Fats Domino

Artists, musicians, officials react to death of Fats Domino

Fats Domino, rock "n" roll pioneer and piano prodigy famous for songs like "Ain't It a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill", died at 89 on Tuesday, according to a Louisiana medical examiner. Actor Wendell Pierce called the New Orleans music legend one of his heroes. Fats Domino is widely regarded as one of the most commercially successful artists during the Rock & Roll era of the 50s and 60s, second only to Elvis Presley.

His nickname was attributed to his short, squatty stature, as well as a tribute to two other pianists - Fats Waller and New Orleans native Fats Pichon.

Signing to Imperial Records, Domino released the very first single to sell a million copies, while his song Ain't It a Shame reached the top 10 on the United States charts, despite being released alongside an identical cover by the country star Pat Boone.

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His first hit was an R&B song, the autobiographical The Fat Man, recorded in 1949 and considered among the first songs in the rock "n" roll genre. But even after fame came, he never lived the rock'n'roll lifestyle, marrying at the age of 20 and going on to have eight children, all of whom were given a first name starting with the letter "a".

Domino was born Antoine Domino, 1928, into a French-Creole family in New Orleans.

Guitarist Vernon Reid of the band Living Color mourned Domino's death by tweeting, "Rock & Roll lost part of it's soul".

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"Words fail me in this moment of deep heartache and sadness".

So he did in his personal life when Hurricane Katrina devastated his hometown, and the musician refused to move from his home, from where he had to be rescued by helicopter. In 1986 he was indicted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 1987 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was evacuated and a year later released a final album, "Alive and Kicking", to benefit artists hit by the tragedy.

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