Wednesday, October 25, 2017
RIP: FATS DOMINO
Domino, whose real name is Antoine Domino Jr., died on Tuesday afternoon of natural causes, Mark Bone of the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office confirmed to the Daily News.
The iconic artist was born and raised in New Orleans and first broke out into the city's rock and roll scene in the late 1940's after joining the band The Solid Senders.
His first record "The Fat Man" garnered him national attention — selling one million copies by 1953 after it was released in 1949.
It was said to be the first rock and roll record to reach that achievement and some music historians have even credited it to be the first rock and roll record to exist, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Domino ultimately sold 65 million records, which is more than any rocker of the '50s except Elvis Presley. His songs landed him on the Billboard pop chart 63 times and the R&B chart 59 times throughout his years.
Domino first found himself sectioned to only the R&B charts until his song "Goin' Home" made it to No. 30 on the main chart and the following year his song "Goin' To The River" landed at No. 24. In 1955, "Ain't It A Shame" helped propel Domino's sound across genres and landing at No. 10 on the pop charts.
A cover of the track, retitled "Ain't That a Shame," was done by Pat Boone and landed even higher on the pop charts at No. 1 for a period of two weeks.
Domino was featured in two films during his heyday, including "Shake, Rattle & Rock!" and "The Girl Can't Help It," both in 1956.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Former President Bill Clinton gave Domino the National Medal of Arts in 1998.
The Hall of Fame largely credited him with influencing the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John and Paul McCartney.
Rolling Stone put him on the list of "Greatest Recording Artists of All Time" at No. 25.
Harry Connick Jr. credited the musician with paving the way for New Orleans piano players.
"See you on top of that blueberry hill in the sky," Connick Jr. wrote...