Legendary musician Fats Domino dies at age 89

Posted October 29, 2017

Musicians from all genres mourned the death of 1950s rock "n" roll singer Fats Domino on Tuesday, as did a USA congressman, an National Football League coach and others.

Rock and Roll legend Fats Domino died Tuesday at his home in Harvey, La.

After an impressive string of singles in the 1950s, Domino continued to chart modestly in the 1960s, releasing songs including "Red Sails in the Sunset" and a cover of the Beatles' "Lady Madonna", a tribute that must have been satisfying to a band that was influenced by the rock pioneer and even reportedly wrote that song in Domino's style.

Domino, named Rolling Stone's 25th Greatest Artist of all Time in 2004, is often credited as one of, if not the, inventor of Rock and Roll.

One of the more familiar rock & roll presences on television, the portly, gregarious Domino, invariably seated at a piano, appeared frequently on the musical and variety shows of the Golden Age era - programs hosted by Steve Allen, Perry Como, Ed Sullivan and, of course, American Bandstand. "I know that. But I always liked that kind of music".

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Fats is known as a pianist and singer-songwriter, with some of his most recognisable songs including Blueberry Hill and Walkin' To New Orleans.

Many celebrities took to Twitter to express mourning and praise.

Domino would go on to score almost 40 Top 40 singles, and was one of the first 10 honorees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Blueberry Hill was a favourite of the Fats Domino protege.

Domino was born Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr.in New Orleans and helped infuse that city's barreling rhythms into the rock & roll mix. Proceeds went to Tipitina's Foundation, a New Orleans nonprofit with the stated mission to preserve New Orleans' culture of music and to support struggling and burgeoning artists.