Rock 'n' Roll Legend And One Of The Biggest Stars Of The 50's, Fats Domino, Left This World At 89
Fats Domino was a famous American rhythm-and-blues singer and artist whose great talent and powerful music became the background for rock 'n' roll genre in the 1950s. During his long-lasting career, Domino sold more than 110 million records, and 35 records were included in the U.S. Billboard Top 40. His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, electric guitar, and drums.
Antoine "Fats" Domino was born in New Orleans. He was the youngest of eight children in a musical family. When Domino was seven, his brother taught him to play the piano. From the early childhood, the talented boy decided to devote himself to the music.
When Domino was 14, he dropped the school and focused on his musical career. He worked at the local factory to earn money for living. Soon, the boy’s talent was noticed by the well-known New Orleans bass player and band leader, Billy Diamond, who gave Domino the nickname 'Fats'. The young man started playing in the band, and his brilliant talent made him a sensation pretty soon.
Domino was well-known for being one of the biggest stars of rock and roll and R&B in the 50's. His songs had a huge success. Four of his greatest hits got a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame for their significance in music history: “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t It A Shame,” “Walking to New Orleans," and “The Fat Man.”
Domino said that he found the inspiration for writing his songs from everyday events:
Something that happened to someone, that's how I write all my songs. I used to listen to people talk every day, and I used to go to different places. Sometimes I wasn't expecting to hear anything, and my mind was very much in my music. Next thing I'd hear, I would either write it down or remember it good.
Fats Domino was not just the popular artist but also a happy family man. He had a loving wife, Rosemary, and eight wonderful kids. In his later years, Domino mostly stayed out of the spotlight. The legendary artist passed away of natural causes on October 24th, 2017, at the age of 89.
Fats Domino was the iconic figure in the rock and roll history. Thanks to his performances, he was one of the first musicians named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Domino made a great influence on the music and artists of the 60's and 70's. People will always love and remember Fats Domino for his incredible talent and golden hits.