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Fats Domino

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Antoine "Fats" Domino was perhaps an unlikely teen idol. A master of New Orleans boogie-style rhythm & blues, Fats nevertheless struck a chord with teens and other music fans all over the world, resulting in a string of hits that started before the rock & roll era and continued into the 1960s.

A pianist, singer, and songwriter who was born in the Crescent City in 1928, Domino sold more records (65 million) than any fifties-era rocker except Elvis Presley. Between 1950 and 1963, he made  the pop Top Forty thirty-seven times and the R&B singles chart fifty-nine times. Domino's biggest songs are as winning as his broad smile. They include "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill," "I'm Walkin'," "Blue Monday" and "Walking to New Orleans." 

By 1949, Domino had become a fixture at the Hideaway Club. That same year he met Dave Bartholomew, who became his longtime producer, bandleader and collaborator. 

His first release was a song about drugs called "The Fat Man," which was cleaned up a bit for commercial reasons, and reached the R&B chart in 1950. According to some reports, the song was a million seller. The Fat Man also became another nickname.

Fats Domino exploded onto the rock & roll scene in 1955 when his song, "Ain't That a Shame," was covered by white recording artist Pat Boone. Boone's version went to number one, and Domino's version on Imperial went to number ten. The song established both artists as stars, but Boone's version sounds quite lame compared to the original.

Sadly, Fats was left homeless by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but he and his family were safely rescued.

Fats Domino's top ten hits:* "Ain't That a Shame" (10), "I'm in Love Again" (3), "Blueberry Hill," (2), "Blue Monday" (5), "I'm Walkin'" (4), "Valley of Tears" (8), "It's You I Love" (6), "Whole Lotta Loving (6), "I Want to Walk You Home" (8), "Be My Guest" (8), "Walkin' to New Orleans" (6). (Is there any significance to Fats' success with songs about walking?)

--Dick Estel, August 2006

*Billboard pop singles chart, as reported in the book Top 40 Hits, copyright 1992 by Joel Whitburn.

(Some of the material here was adapted from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame  and History of Rock & Roll web sites.) 

 

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Updated November 28, 2013