Piano Prodigy Fats Domino Dies at 89

09:40 October 25, 2017
By: Michael Fulkerson

Legendary artist Fats Domino has died age 89, according to local reports from New Orleans. 

The American singer, pianist, and recording artist pioneered rock and roll and inspired countless artists, including Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

Local TV station WWL-TV cited his daughter as the person to confirm his death, saying he died peacefully surrounded by family. 

Beginning his music career in 1949, he teamed up with trumpet player and band leader Dave Bartholomew, who produced Domino's first record "The Fat Man" that same year. It was the first rock and roll record to sell over a million copies and achieved a No. 2 ranking on the R&B charts.

Antoine "Fats" Domino was born in New Orleans LA, in the lower ninth ward on February 26, 1928. In 1998, then-President Bill Clinton presented him with the National Medal of Arts at a ceremony at the White House. 

Among his greatest works are songs such as "Blueberry Hill", "Ain't That A Shame" and "I'm Walking To New Orleans". Domino's career also spanned five decades which saw the beloved artist sell over 65 million records and producer over 25 gold singles. 

Everyone here at Where Y'at Magazine wish the Domino family all the best as they continue to weather this devastating loss. 

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