'Blueberry Hill' hitmaker Fats Domino dies aged 89 (TOP COVERS)

Fats Domino

Let's face it: I can't sing it like Fats Domino can.

Fats Domino, rock & roll pioneer, died yesterday at age 89 in Louisiana. Instead, according to a 1985 Los Angeles Times article, the "quiet giant" came across as "a gentle, cuddly performer who just happened to make great records".

The singer and piano player was one of the most influential artists of a generation, the likes of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Tom Petty citing Domino as an influence. "I know that. But I always liked that kind of music". But the New Orleans native recorded several other well-known songs before and after "Blueberry Hill" sealed his fame, along the way profoundly influencing the development of rock "n" roll with his rolling piano and suggestive lyrics.

"I found My Thrill on "Blueberry Hill"!"




In honor of his huge influence to music, the portly piano-playing prodigy was honored with an induction into the Rock "n" Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.

On the lower level of the Rock Hall, a large portrait of Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis is prominently shown on a sliding panel door between exhibits. RIP, ' wrote Wendell Pierce.

Born Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., on February 26, 1928, in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, Domino started in the music scene at a young age, dropping out of high school and playing in local bars.

The singer, who chose to stay at home as his wife Rosemary was in poor health, lost his gold records and National Medal of Arts in the disaster. Proceeds went to Tipitina's Foundation, a New Orleans nonprofit with the stated mission to preserve New Orleans' culture of music and to support struggling and burgeoning artists.

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