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allyn cook

on 4 November 2015

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fats domino
his first start
Domino’s nickname became the basis of his first single, "The Fat Man," a huge R&B hit – it went to Number Two nationally – and reported million-seller. Some music historians consider “The Fat Man” to be the first rock and roll record; at the very least, it is a milestone rhythm and blues performance heralding a new age in popular music. Based on an old blues number (“Junker’s Blues,” about heroin) for which Domino wrote a more upbeat, autobiographical set of lyrics,
his big break
domino experienced extraordinary success in the burgeoning rock and roll market, especially in the latter half of the Fifties. “Ain’t It a Shame” became the first in a string of 37 crossover hits for Domino over the next eight years. His biggest hit came in late 1956 with “Blueberry Hill,” a song that had previously been cut by Glenn Miller, Gene Autry and Louis Armstrong. Domino’s version reached Number Two, kept from the top by Guy Mitchell’s “Singing the Blues.” (Despite his hit-filled career, Domino would never top the pop chart. Might that have to do with the fact he recorded for an independent label?)
His childhood
Fats Domino was born into a large and musical family. He received encouragement and tutoring from his brother-in-law, a trumpet player named Harrison Verret, who introduced Domino to the New Orleans music scene. Following in the footsteps of piano greats as Professor Longhair, Domino began performing for small change in local honky-tonks while working odd jobs (like hauling ice) to make ends meet. Domino’s musical likes and influences included pianists Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Amos Milburn and Charles Brown; vocalists Roy Milton and Joe Turner; and bandleaders Louis Jordan and Count Basie.

how fats got famous
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.
what the are doing now
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string of R&B hits followed “The Fat Man,” including such powerfully bluesy sides as “Goin’ Home” (Number One), “Going to the River” (Number Two) and “Please Don’t Leave Me (Number Three). Still, Domino’s success remained confined to the R&B charts – that is, until 1952, when "Goin' Home" got to Number 30.
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In recent years, however, Domino has largely stayed out of the spotlight. He attended a 2009 benefit concert to watch such other musical legends as Little Richard and B.B. King perform, but he stayed off the stage. Now in his eighties, Domino will always be remembered as one of rock's early stars. He also helped break down color barriers, getting white stations to play his songs and playing to racially diverse audiences.
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