Antoine #Fats Domino, or as many of his fans called him “#Fats #Domino” is an African-American singer and pianist. He mainly played music in the rhythm and blues genre, and is known as the man who helped define the sound of New Orleans. Domino was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1928. As a young boy he spoke the language of creole before learning English. He was just 7-years old when his brother-in law taught him how to play the piano. By the age of 10-years old he was being introduced to New Orleans sound of music. He was 14-years old when he dropped out of school and began working odd jobs. However, he kept working during the evenings for pennies playing his music. He was determined to get the exposure needed to break in the music industry.
He was still in his teens when he began performing in clubs and met Billy Diamond in 1946. Diamond gave Domino the chance to play the piano for him in his performances. It was Diamond who gave Domino the nickname “Fats”. Domino #later met Bartholomew, who became his manager. The first recording of Fats Domino was “The Fat Man” in 1950. The record sold anywhere from 500,000 to a million copies. No one around had the talent of Domino, he became a sensation with his record at No.2 on the R&B charts.
Another one of Domino’s huge recording success came when he recorded his it in 1955 “Ain’t It A Shame”. The song was also covered by Pat Boone, who recorded it as “Ain’t That A Shame”. By 1956 Domino had five Top 40 hits, including his cover of Glen Miller’s “Blueberry Hill.” Dominos music was based on his life and the lives of others. He described it as inspiration for everyday lives.
Domino was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2005 his home in New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He lost most of his possessions and had to rebuild like many people after Katrina. He released a song in 2006, ‘#Alive and Kickin‘ because rumors were out that he had been killed during flooding of Katrina. A portion of the recording’s sales went to New Orleans’ Tipitina’s Foundation, which helps local musicians in need. Read more.