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Fats Domino

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Typically the most popular exponent of the classic New Orleans R&B sound, Fats Domino sold even more records than every other black rock & roll star from the 1950s. His calm, lolling boogie-woogie piano design and easygoing, warm vocals anchored an extended series of nationwide hits in the middle-’50s to the first ’60s. Through everything, his basic strategy rarely changed. He might not need been among early rock’s most charismatic, innovative, or intimidating statistics, but he was one among its most constant. Domino’s first one, “SYSTEM.DRAWING.BITMAP Guy” (1949), is among the dozens of monitors which have been consistently designated as an applicant for the very first rock and roll & move record. So far as Excess fat was worried, he was simply playing what he’d recently been carrying out in New Orleans for a long time, and would continue steadily to play and sing in virtually the same style also after his music was dubbed “rock and roll & move.” The record produced number two for the R&B graphs, and offered a million copies. Simply as essential, it established an essential partnership between Body fat and Imperial A&R guy Dave Bartholomew. Bartholomew, himself a trumpeter, would create Domino’s big strikes, co-writing most of them with Body fat. He’d also usually use New Orleans program greats like Alvin Tyler on sax and Earl Palmer on drums — music artists who were essential in creating New Orleans R&B as a definite entity, playing on a great many other regional recordings aswell (including hits manufactured in New Orleans by Georgia indigenous Small Richard). Domino didn’t cross in to the pop graphs inside a big method until 1955, when “Ain’t A Shame” made the very best Ten. Pat Boone’s cover from the track stole a few of Body fat’ thunder, heading completely to number 1 (Boone was also bowdlerizing Small Richard’s early singles for pop strikes during this time period). Domino’s long-range potential customers weren’t damaged, nevertheless; between 1955 and 1963, he racked up an amazing 35 Best 40 singles. “Blueberry Hill” (1956) was most likely his greatest (and best-remembered) solitary; “Strolling to New Orleans,” “Entire Lotta Caring,” “I’m Strolling,” “Blue Mon,” and “I’m in Like Again” had been also large successes. After Extra fat still left Imperial for ABC-Paramount in 1963, he’d only enter the very best 40 once more. The surprise had not been that Extra fat dropped out of style, but that he’d preserved his popularity such a long time while the necessities of his design remained unchanged. This is during a time, remember, when the majority of rock’s biggest superstars had their professions derailed by loss of life or scandal, or had been designed to soften up their audio for mainstream intake. Although a dynamic performer within the ensuing years, his profession as a significant musician was essentially over in the middle-’60s. He do mix up a little bit of interest in 1968 when he protected the Beatles’ “Female Madonna” one, which have been a clear homage to Extra fat’ style.

Quick Facts


Full Name Fats Domino
Height 1.63 m
Profession Pianist, Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Rosemary Domino
Children Antonio Domino, Adonica Domino, Antoinette Domino, Andre Domino, Andrea Domino, Anola Domino, Anatole Domino, Antoine III Domino
Parents Donatile Gros, Antoine Domino
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs Blueberry Hill, Ain't That a Shame, Walking to New Orleans, I'm Walkin', Blue Monday, 40s: Delta Radio: The Fat Man, I'm In Love Again, My Girl Josephine, I Want to Walk You Home, Let the Four Winds Blow, My Blue Heaven, Valley of Tears, I Hear You Knocking, When My Dreamboat Comes Home, Kansas City, It Keep's Rainin', Jambalaya, I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Some Day, I Want You to Know, Big Beat, Be My Guest, Whole Lotta Lovin', Goin' Home, What's the Reason, Poor Me, Ain't That Just Like a Woman, Please Don't Leave Me, Fell in Love on Monday, Before I Grow Too Old, Shurah, Going to the River, It's You I Love
Albums This Is Fats Domino!, Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino, Fats Is Back, Fats Domino Live, A Lot of Dominos!, Here Comes... Fats Domino, Fats Domino '65, Fats Domino Out of New Orleans, Best Of Fats Domino Live, Vol. 2, The Anthology, Greatest Hits, Fats Domino Live, Vol. 1, My Golden Jukebox, Vol. 5 (The Sound of Fats Domino), Dreamed a Dream (Live), Fats Domino - Rising Sun, Giving Back Love, Fats' Born and Bred New Orleans Soul, Vol. 3, 1980, Ain't It A Shame, Just Fats Domino, Vol. 2, Live '76, Let's Hear It For Fats!, Vol. 8, Fats Domino at His Best, Fats Domino, Blueberry Hill and Boogie Woogie Standards, Fats On Fire, Every Night, Best Sellers, Los Más Grandes Hits - Fats Domino, Fats Domino Collection, Fats Domino - Greatest Hits, Fats Domino The Best Of, Fats Domino - I'm in Love Again, The Fats Domino Jukebox, Here Stands Fats Domino, Fats Domino - I Want to Walk You Home, They Call Me The Fat Man, The Imperial Singles Collection 1950-1962, Let's Play Fats Domino, The Best of Fats Domino, Fats Domino Swings, Fats Domino - Valley of Tears, The Fat Man Sings, Fats Domino & Friends, I Found My Thrill On Blueberry Hill, They Call Me the Fat Man: The Legendary Imperial Recordings, Fats Domino - Sick and Tired, Fats Domino - All By Myself, Blues for Love, Fats Domino Sings Million Record Hits, Whole Lotta Lovin, Fats Domino - Young School Girl
Nominations NME Award for Favourite US Male Singer
Movies The Girl Can't Help It, Shake, Rattle & Rock!, Jamboree, The Legends of New Orleans: The Music of Fats Domino, Fats Domino: Live from Austin, Texas, Fats Domino: Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino: Whole Lotta' Fats Domino Hits Live
TV Shows The Big Beat


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#Fact
1 Performs at Jazz Fest.97 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2 Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
3 He is heard playing the piano introduction on Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"(1952).
4 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6616 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.
6 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
7 He survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
8 Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
9 When Hurricane Katrina was approaching New Orleans, he decided to stay at his home and was missed for days. He was later rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter (1 September 2005).
10 Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
11 Although never really in the mainstream of early rock & roll, he was one of the most influential singers in rock.
12 He was voted the 25th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mike & Mike 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ochéntame... otra vez 2014-2016 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
The Sixties TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
One Hit Wonderland 2013 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Good Ol' Freda 2013 Documentary performer: "I'm Ready" / writer: "I'm Ready"
Vegas TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Haven 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Land Girls 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Few Best Men 2011 writer: "I'm Walkin'" - as A Domino
4:44 Last Day on Earth 2011 performer: "Ain't That a Shame" / writer: "Ain't That a Shame"
Chillerama 2011 performer: "My Blue Heaven"
Rock & Chips TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 writer - 2 episodes, 2010
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "AIN'T THAT A SHAME", "THE FAT MAN" / writer: "AIN'T THAT A SHAME", "THE FAT MAN" - as Antoine "Fats" Domino
Flipped 2010/I performer: "I'm Walkin'" / writer: "I'm Walkin'" - as Antoine Domino
Treme 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Aufgspuit! 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eckis Welt 2007 Documentary performer: "Bluberry Hill"
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 1 2007 Video performer: "Ain't That A Shame" / writer: "Ain't That A Shame"
So You Think You Can Dance 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Make It Funky! 2005 Documentary performer: "Let the Four Winds Blow" / writer: "I'm Ready" - as Antoine Domino / writer: "Let the Four Winds Blow" - as Antoine Fats Domine
The Shield 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Blues TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2003 writer - 2 episodes, 2003
Holes 2003 writer: "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday" - as Antoine Domino
9 Dead Gay Guys 2002 performer: "Blueberry Hill"
Only the Strong Survive 2002 Documentary writer: "Land of 1000 Dances"
Hearts in Atlantis 2001 performer: "Ain't That a Shame" 1955 / writer: "Ain't That a Shame" 1955 - as Antoine "Fats" Domino
Lucky Numbers 2000 performer: "White Christmas"
Meet the Parents 2000 writer: "Poor Me" - as Antoine Fats Domino
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "Ain't That a Shame", "Blue Monday" / writer: "Ain't That a Shame", "I'm Walkin" - as Antoine Domino
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story 1999 TV Movie writer: "Ain't That A Shame"
October Sky 1999 performer: "Ain't That a Shame" / writer: "Ain't That a Shame" - as Antoine
Ally McBeal 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu TV Series writer - 5 episodes, 1990 - 1998 performer - 4 episodes, 1990 - 1998
White Squall 1996 performer: "BE MY GUEST", "I WANNA WALK YOU HOME" / writer: "BE MY GUEST", "I WANNA WALK YOU HOME" - as Antoine Domino
Twelve Monkeys 1995 performer: "Blueberry Hill" 1940
Father of the Bride Part II 1995 performer: "When the Saints Go Marching In"
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "Ain't That a Shame" / writer: "Ain't That a Shame"
Circle of Friends 1995 performer: "Bo Weevil" / writer: "Bo Weevil" - as Antonio Domino
Top of the Pops 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ready to Wear 1994 writer: "Here Comes the Hotstepper Allaam Mix" - as Domino
Mixed Nuts 1994 performer: "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
Rebel Highway TV Series writer - 6 episodes, 1994 performer - 5 episodes, 1994
Reform School Girl 1994 TV Movie performer: "I'm in Love Again" / writer: "I'm in Love Again" - as Antoine Domino
Cool and the Crazy 1994 TV Movie writer: "I'm Walking" - as Antoine Domino
Shake, Rattle and Rock! 1994 TV Movie performer: "AIN'T THAT A SHAME" / writer: "AIN'T THAT A SHAME" - as Antoine Domino
Confessions of a Sorority Girl 1994 TV Movie performer: "Im Gonna Be A Wheel Someday" / writer: "Im Gonna Be A Wheel Someday" - as Antoine Domino
Little Big League 1994 writer: "I'M READY" - as Antoine Domino
Judgment Night 1993 writer: "Ain't That a Shame" - as Antoine Domino
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1993 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
This Boy's Life 1993 performer: "Blue Monday"
Lipstick on Your Collar TV Mini-Series performer - 2 episodes, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
Quantum Leap TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1990 - 1992 performer - 1 episode, 1990
School Ties 1992 as Antoine Domino, "Ain't That A Shame" / performer: "Ain't That A Shame"
For the Boys 1991 writer: "Land of 1000 Dances" - as Antoine Domino
Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever 1991 writer: "I'm Walkin'" - as Antoine Domino
Sweet Talker 1991 performer: "Let the Four Winds Blow" / writer: "Let the Four Winds Blow"
L.A. Story 1991 performer: "Ain't That A Shame" / writer: "Ain't That A Shame" - as Antoine "Fats" Domino
Havana 1990/I performer: "One Night"
My Blue Heaven 1990/I performer: "My Blue Heaven"
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 performer: "I'm Ready" / writer: "I'm Ready" - as Antoine Domino
The Delinquents 1989 performer: "One Night"
Mortal Sins 1989 writer: "Land Of 1000 Dances" - as Domino
Heavy Petting 1989 Documentary performer: "Blueberry Hill"
Road House 1989 writer: "Blue Monday" - as Antonie "Fats" Domino
Shag 1989/I writer: "I'm in Love Again" - as Domino
Summertime Blues: Lemon Popsicle VIII 1988 performer: "Blueberry Hill"
The Great Outdoors 1988 writer: "Land of a Thousand Dances" - as Antoine Domino
Colors 1988 writer: "LAND OF A 1000 DANCES"
The In Crowd 1988 writer: "Land of a Thousand Dances" - as Antoine Domino, Jr.
Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird 1987 TV Movie performer: "Blueberry Hill"
No Man's Land 1987 writer: "I'M WALKING" - as A. Domino
Roxanne 1987 writer: "I'm Walkin'" - uncredited
Vietnam War Story 1987 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Fine Mess 1986 writer: "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday" - as Antoine Domino
Blue Money 1985 TV Movie writer: "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday"
Mischief 1985 performer: "Blueberry Hill", "I'm in Love Again", "Ain't That a Shame" / writer: "I'm in Love Again", "Ain't That a Shame" - as Antoine Domino
Firstborn 1984 performer: "Blueberry Hill"
Diner 1982 performer: "Whole Lotta Loving" / writer: "Whole Lotta Loving"
Any Which Way You Can 1980 performer: "Whiskey Heaven"
Vrijdag 1980 performer: "My Girl Josephine", "I've been around" / writer: "My Girl Josephine", "I've been around"
The Blues Brothers 1980 performer: "I'M WALKIN'"
The Ernie Sigley Show 1975 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
In Concert 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Graffiti 1973 writer: "Ain't That A Shame"
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary performer: "Blueberry Hill"
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Summer in the City 1971 performer: "Going to the River" / writer: "Going to the River"
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie performer: "I'm Ready", "Blue Monday" / writer: "I'm Ready", "Blue Monday"
The Go!! Show 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 9 episodes
Les tricheurs 1958 "Second Line Jump", "If You Need Me"
The Big Beat 1958 performer: "I'm Walking", "The Big Beat" / writer: "I'm Walking", "The Big Beat"
The Big Record 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jamboree! 1957 performer: "Wait and See" / writer: "Wait and See", "Wait See"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet 1957 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Girl Can't Help It 1956 performer: "Blue Monday" - uncredited / writer: "Blue Monday" - uncredited
Shake, Rattle & Rock! 1956 performer: "I'm In Love Again", "Honey Chile", "Ain't That a Shame" / writer: "I'm In Love Again", "Honey Chile", "Ain't That a Shame" - as Antione "Fats" Domino
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laverne & Shirley 1976-1977 TV Series musician - 3 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Any Which Way You Can 1980 Fats Domino (uncredited)
Jamboree! 1957 Fats Domino

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laverne & Shirley 1977 TV Series contributor - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Treme 2012 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Rocks 'N' Rolls in the 50's 1999 Video documentary Himself
Twist 1992 Documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1988-1991 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1990 TV Series Himself
¡1990! 1990 TV Movie Himself - Performer
The Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award Show 1987 TV Movie Himself
Cinemax Sessions 1986 TV Series Himself
Surprise Surprise! 1986 TV Series Himself
Ricky Nelson & Fats Domino: Live at the Universal Amphitheatre 1985 TV Special
Walking to New Orleans 1985 TV Movie documentary
Die Drehscheibe 1981 TV Series Himself - Musician
Heroes of Rock and Roll 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Disco 1978 TV Series Himself
The Captain and Tennille in New Orleans 1978 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1973 TV Series Himself
Le grand échiquier 1973 TV Series Himself
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
Disco 2 1970 TV Series Himself
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie Himself - Special Guest
New American Bandstand 1965 1959-1963 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956-1962 TV Series Singer / Himself
The Dick Clark Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Big Beat 1958 Himself
The Big Record 1958 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series Himself
The Girl Can't Help It 1956 Himself
Shake, Rattle & Rock! 1956 Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series Himself - Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
My Music: 50s & 60s Party Songs 2014 TV Movie Himself
Eckis Welt 2007 Documentary Himself
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 1 2007 Video Himself
Make It Funky! 2005 Documentary Himself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Georgie Fame 60 år 2003 TV Movie
Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002 Documentary Himself
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (uncredited)
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Rock 'n' Roll History Video: Fabulous Fifties 1989 Video short documentary
Rockfogyatkozás 1988 Documentary Himself
The Compleat Beatles 1982 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself

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TitleSalary
Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956) $1,500

#Quote
1 A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B.


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