Fats Domino

Fats Domino


2/26/1928, New Orleans, Louisiana

Birth Name

Antoine Dominique Domino


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Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino was born on February 26, 1928, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was an early pioneer of rock and roll, and was the best-selling African-American artist of the 1950s. He became famous for his stylistic piano playing. His first album was released in 1949 by…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In the 1990s, he had to cancel a tour in Great Britain due to health problems.

    • Fats was heavily influenced by Albert Ammons and Fats Waller.

    • He sold 65 million records in the fifties, and the only person to sell more than him in that decade was Elvis Presley.

    • Domino's last Top 10 hit was "Walking to New Orleans," released in 1960.

    • On February 15, 1957, Domino appears as part of "The Biggest Show of Stars for '57," along with Chuck Berry, Lavern Baker, and The Moonglows.

    • Fats Domino performed as part of an Alan Freed-promoted "Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars" in 1954. Other people to perform were Muddy Waters and The Orioles.

    • Fats Domino sold more records than anybody in the 50s except Elvis Presley.

    • His manager was Bob Vernon.

    • Domino uses the words "I want to hold your hand" in his hit song, "I Want to Walk You Home." Many believe that this is what inspired The Beatles to write "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

    • The fictional bad in the television show Rock Follies threatened to revolt if they had to sing Domino's "Blueberry Hill" one more time.

    • Fats Domino has been performing from 1949 to 1999, however he was most famous during the 1950s.

    • The only instrument Fats Domino played was the piano.

    • On August 29, 2006, President George W. Bush presented Fats Domino with the National Medal of Arts.

    • Chubby Checker's 1959 song "The Class," features imitations of Domino.

    • Fats Domino was a major influence on Chubby Checker.

    • Fats Domino's first song to reach the Top 10 was his 1955 recording, "Ain't That a Shame."

    • Fats Domino's first song to reach the Top 10 was his 1955 recording, "Ain't That a Shame."

    • His biggest hit was "Blueberry Hill," which he released in 1956.

    • In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina approaced New Orleans, Fats Domino stayed there to watch over his ill wife. His house was heavily flooded from the storm, but on September 1, Domino's agent reported that he had not heard from Domino since before the hurricane struck. Later that day, CNN reported that Fats Domino had been rescued by a Coast Guard Helicopter.

    • He is given credit for releasing the very first rock 'n' roll album, which was his 1949 album, "The Fat Man."

    • National Public Radio added Domino's hit, "Ain't That a Shame," in the NPR 100, where NPR's music editors wanted to make a collection of the 100 most important musical works of the 20th Century.

    • There is a statue in the French Quarter of New Orleans of Fats Domino.

    • Sixty-six of Fats Domino's songs made the U.S. Hot 100 Chart Hits.

    • The Beatles' song "Lady Madonna" was heavily influenced by Fats Domino's style. To return the favor, Domino covered the song himself in 1968, which appeared on the charts at #100 for two consecutive weeks.

  • Quotes

    • Fats Domino: A lot of fellows now-a-days have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B.