Oct 25, 2017
By Bob Komsic
One of the pioneering voices of early rock ‘n roll has been silenced – Fats Domino was 89.
He died of natural causes, according to the medical examiner’s office in Louisiana.
Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino Jr. was best known for ”Blueberry Hill,” ”Ain’t That A Shame,” and ”Blue Monday”.
Blueberry Hill, which topped out at Number 2 on the Billboard charts, remains his highest-charting record.
Domino got his nickname from bandleader Bill Diamond who said his piano playing reminded him of other greats, including Fats Waller.
He outsold every 1950s rock ‘n roll act except Elvis Presley.
Domino’s music has been credited with influencing many artists, including Paul McCartney, who imitated his style when he wrote the Beatles ”Lady Madonna”.
Fats Domino was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.