Fats Domino: Rock and Roll the New Orleans Way

In addition to classics such as Ain’t That a Shame (above) and Blueberry Hill (below), Domino had hits such as Blue Monday, I’m Walkin’ and Walking to New Orleans. 

Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr. (born February 26, 1928) is an American R&B and rock and roll pianist and singer-songwriter. He was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Domino is French Creole and Creole was his first language. Domino was delivered at home by his midwife grandmother. Like most families in the Lower Ninth Ward, Domino’s family were new arrivals from Vacherie, Louisiana.[1] His father was a well known violinist, and Domino was inspired to play himself. He eventually learned from his uncle, jazz guitarist Harrison Verrett.[2] Fats released five gold (million-copy-selling) records before 1955.[2] Domino also had 35 Top 40 American hits and has a music style based on traditional R&B ensembles of bass, piano, electric guitar, drums, and saxophone.[2] (Continue Reading…)

Domino–who stayed in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina–was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Here is the start of his bio:

Fats Domino may not have been the most flamboyant rock and roller of the Fifties, but he was certainly the figure most rooted in the worlds of blues, rhythm & blues and the various strains of jazz that gave rise to rock and roll. With his boogie-woogie piano playing and drawling, Creole-inflected vocals, Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. help put his native New Orleans on the map during the early rock and roll era. He was, in fact, a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll – a transition so subtle, especially in his case, that the line between these two nominally different forms of music blurred to insignificance. (Continue Reading…)

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  1. Barry

    sheet music on the piano – (which he never refers to) and an all-white audience – interesting!

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