Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fats Domino Has Died

Antoine "Fats" Domino, a titan of early rock 'n' roll whose piano-based hits -- such as "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" -- influenced artists including Paul McCartney and Randy Newman, died Tuesday, an official said.

Domino passed away due to natural causes, according to Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish Medical Examiner's office in Louisiana. He was 89.

Starting in 1955, Domino was a regular on the national pop charts with songs that quickly became classics. Among the titles: "Ain't That a Shame" -- Domino's first crossover hit, which was watered down in a higher-charting version by Pat Boone -- "I'm Walkin'," "I'm Ready," "Valley of Tears," "I Want to Walk You Home" and "Walking to New Orleans." He sold more records than any 1950s figure except Elvis Presley, according to Rolling Stone.

His version of "Blueberry Hill," a song written in 1940, topped out at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and remains Domino's highest-charting record.


sandybrook said...

He was great RIP.

Alexandria said...

RIP. :(

AndrewBW said...

One of my all-time favorites. And by all accounts he was a wonderful person too. RIP.

auntliddy said...

Loved this man. Rest in peace Fats, good journey.

BlissBoo said...

I'm not even going to front, I already thought that he was dead. I feel bad now. Rest in Piece Mr. Domino. Loved your music when I was a kid.

Sd Auntie said...

Loved Blueberry Hill. RIP


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