Published: Sun, October 29, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Rock Hall honors Fats Domino: Museum wouldn't exist without him

Rock Hall honors Fats Domino: Museum wouldn't exist without him

Fats Domino, one of the most influential rock and roll stars of the 1950s, has died aged 89.

Regardless of label, his playing inspired generations of performers-perhaps most notably John Lennon, who once said that Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" was the first song he ever learned how to play.

Domino had his first pop mainstream smash in 1955 with "Ain't It a Shame", though as was so often the case then a watered-down version by a white singer - in this case, Pat Boone, who changed the title to "Ain't That a Shame" - got more radio play.

Born Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., on February 26, 1928, in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, Domino started in the music scene at a young age, dropping out of high school and playing in local bars. Domino died of natural causes at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. "RIP Fats Domino", wrote Samuel L. Jackson.

Domino was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its 1986 inaugural group.

The blues and rock n' roll musician wasn't one for interviews, but in 2006 he spoke to CBS News after Hurricane Katrina devastated his home city. He stated that his family "lost everything" in the disaster, and they lived in nearby Harvey, Louisiana, while their home was gutted and rehabbed. Discovered in 1949, "Fats" released his debut album the following year. In 1998, President Bill Clinton also awarded him with the National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine listed him as number 25 on their list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time'.

Domino also performed in two wildly influential rock movies of 1956: Shake, Rattle & Rock! and The Girl Can't Help It, films that spread the news of rock & roll throughout the country and overseas.

Domino was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary, in 2008.

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