Personalities | Fats Domino | Fifties | Rock
(Piano, singer-songwriter, b. 1928)
Signed to Imperial Records, New Orleans-born Antoine Domino’s first million-seller, ‘The Fat Man’ (1949) began a run of over 60 US pop and R&B hits by 1964, many written by Domino with Dave Bartholomew. Other million-selling classics included ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ (1955), ‘Bo Weevil’, ‘I’m In Love Again’ and ‘Blueberry Hill (all 1956), ‘Blue Monday’ (featured in The Girl Can’t Help It) and ‘I’m Walkin’’ (both 1957) and ‘Whole Lotta Loving’ (1958). Domino’s secret appears to be that he has never changed, his smoky Louisiana accent above his percussive piano-playing making him instantly recognizable. Twist king Ernest Evans used the name Chubby Checker in polite emulation. Domino’s last US hit was a 1968 cover of ‘Lady Madonna’ by The Beatles, who apparently wrote the song in Domino’s style. In September 2005 Domino made international news bulletins when his house was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but he happily survived.
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