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.
Full Name Fats Domino
Height 1.63 m
Profession Pianist, Singer-songwriter
Spouse Rosemary Domino
Children Antonio Domino, Adonica Domino, Antoinette Domino, Andre Domino, Andrea Domino, Anola Domino, Anatole Domino, Antoine III 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
Performs at Jazz Fest.97 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
He is heard playing the piano introduction on Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"(1952).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6616 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
He survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
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).
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
Although never really in the mainstream of early rock & roll, he was one of the most influential singers in rock.
He was voted the 25th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.