Legendary musician Fats Domino dead at 89
On Tuesday (Oct. 24) legendary musician Fats Domino has died at his home in Harvey, Louisiana, at the age of 89, from natural causes, according to the coroner’s office. However there was no autopsy and his body was released to a funeral home.
Domino – real name Antoine Domino Jr. – was among the pioneers of rock and roll music in the 1950s and 1960s, had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold.
During his career, Domino sold over 65 million records. His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums. His most famous hits include ‘Ain’t That a Shame’, ‘I’m Walkin’ and his very first song, ‘The Fat Man’.
He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Domino was also honoured with the National Medal of Arts by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1998.
The musician’s wife of more than 50 years, Rosemary, died in April 2008. Antoine and Rosemary Domino raised eight children. Fats Domino last performed at Tipitina’s in New Orleans in 2007, but later appeared in season three of TV series Treme, playing himself.