Fats Domino–internationally acclaimed pianist, songwriter, and legendary singer–has died. Fats was a central figure and early pioneer of the Blues-infused, Rock N Roll sound that dominated the 1950s. He was 89 years old.
The iconic singer reportedly had been battling a long-term illness.
Fats was born into a Creole New Orleans, Louisiana, family in 1928, and started on his path to a professional music career at an early age.
By 1955, Fats had already sold millions of records.
Fats saw 35 records hit the U.S. Billboard Top 40, among them, two of his signature hits, “Blueberry Hill”, and “Ain’t That A Shame”.
And even though he was one of the most well-known musicians in the world, Fats stayed close to his roots, and lived most of his life near the same home he grew up in in New Orleans. He is said to have been a familiar neighborhood sight, driving his custom pink Cadillac.
Fats was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He and his family chose to stay during the storm and Fats lost many prized personal possessions in the wake of the calamitous weather event, which the family had to be rescued from.
There is no doubt that Fats Domino was an American treasure and historic figure. For his massive contribution to music, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986.
Survivors, all of whom live in the New Orleans area, include two sons, three daughters, numerous grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
R.I.P. Fats Domino.