Famed Louisiana musician Fats Domino dead at age 89
By: ELIZABETH WEST
New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer Fats Domino died yesterday, October 25, 2017, at the age of 89.
According to the New York Times, Domino’s death was “confirmed by his brother-in-law and former road manager Reggie Hall, who said he had no other details.”
Through the 1950’s and early 1960’s, Domino, who lived in Harvey, La., had more than three dozen Top 40 pop hits. That list includes songs such as “Blueberry Hill, “Ain’t It a Shame,” and “Walkin’ to New Orleans.”
Domino sold a total of 65 million singles during the 50’s and early 60’s.
During an interview with Jet magazine in 1957, rock-n-roll legend Elvis Presley credited the Louisiana singer for starting the genre of music in which both artist performed.
Presley said, “A lot of people seem to think I started this business, But rock ’n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I can’t sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that.”
His career didn’t end there however.
After a near decade break from music, Domino re-immerged in 2006 with the release of “Alive and Kickin.”
Following the release of his last album, Domino entered into retirement and stayed retired until his passing on Wednesday.