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Fats Domino
"Antoine Domino"



Antoine "Fats" Domino
New Orleans Ninth Ward Residence

"A New Orleans Legend"

Fats was born Antoine Domino in 1928 in New Orleans. As a child his brother-in-law, who was twenty years his senior, taught him to play the piano.Fats, also sang.. The first language he learned to speak was French. He first performed in public at age 10. At fourteen he left school and worked days in a factory so he could perform at local nightclubs. He continued with music into the 40's and was heard by Dave Bartholomew, who would become his writing partner on many of Fats' hit songs. Fats joined the Dave Bartholomew Band in the mid-40's. He was influenced by Albert Ammons and Fats Waller, among others.

Fats Domino exploded onto the rock-and-roll scene in 1955 when his song, "Ain't That A Shame," was covered by white recording artist Pat Boone. Boone's version went to number one, and Domino's version on Imperial went to number ten. The song established both artists as stars. Fats could be heard in the background on the records of other artists, such as Joe Turner and Lloyd Price.

He continued to write songs with Dave Bartholomew, many of which became hits. In 1956 he put five songs in the top forty, including "I'm In Love Again" and Fats' rendition of a song that had reached number one for Glenn Miller in 1940, "Blueberry Hill". The latter went to number two and was Domino's highest charting record ever.

Fats Domino had his final top ten song in 1960 with Walking To New Orleans. He recorded some old Hank Williams songs such as "Jambalaya [On The Bayou]" and "You Win Again" and he did old standards such as "Red Sails In The Sunset," which was his final top forty song, in 1963. In 1968, he even did a cover of the Beatles' "Lady Madonna".

He also made some more films along the way, including Shake, Rattle and Roll, The Big Beat, and Jamboree. Fats played Las Vegas frequently, and at the Royal Festival Hall in London in the 80's. He had to leave a tour of Great Britain in the 90's due to health problems.

Fats Domino still lives in New Orleans with his wife Rosemary, with whom he has had eight children. His awards have been many, including Grammy's Lifetime Achievement and Hall Of Fame Awards.

Fats Domino took his place in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986.

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