Music

Fats Domino, Rock & Roll Archetype, Dead at 89

Source: PBS

A cause of death has yet to be revealed

Rock & Roll pioneer and piano prodigy, Fats Domino, has passed, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was 89 years old.

Domino, born Antoine Domino Jr, was an electric talent and stage performer, known for rapid-fire riffs and an archetypal rhythm that would define rock & roll. He holds more No. 1 records than any artist prior to 1955, out-selling virtually every contemporary except for Elvis, accruing 65 million units in his lifetime. Though a platinum certification did not exist at the time, he would have been the first to attain it, as his debut single “The Fat Man” is commonly referenced as the first rock & roll song to sell a million copies. And though many consider him a forefather to the genre, Domino was always clear about the newly-minted phenomena’s origins. In a 1956 interview, Domino stated: “What they call rock and roll is rhythm and blues, and I’ve been playing it for 15 years in New Orleans.”

NOLA, both his birthplace and lifelong place of residence, has crowned him as one of its many kings. In fact, he was rescued from his balcony by boat in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm claimed his home and the accolades of a rare legacy, washing away dozens of gold plaques that once adorned its walls, and left his piano in irreparable condition.

To this day, the tarnished grand piano that once furnished his home is on display at the Louisiana State Museum.

Rest in rhythm, Fats. There’ll never be another.

zo

Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

Share
Published by
zo

Recent Posts

Grammy Predictions 2023: Our Guesses at Who’ll Win the Big Four (And Other Categories)

Will Beyoncé win over Adele? Will Steve Lacy have his breakout moment? Will Kendrick have… Read More

February 2, 2023

John Singleton Left Behind a 2Pac Painting From ‘Baby Boy’ Worth $75K

Featured in 2001 John Singleton-directed drama film Baby Boy, a mural painting of the late… Read More

February 2, 2023

‘Fast X,’ ‘The Flash’ and ‘Transformers’ Trailers to Air During Super Bowl

Trailers for forthcoming action films will air during the Super Bowl LVII, including Ant-Man and… Read More

February 2, 2023

After Reaching 75 Billion Streams on Spotify, Drake Proposes That Artists ‘Should Get Bonuses’

Drake, Her Loss artist and recent Apollo Theater headliner, said that artists 'should get bonuses'… Read More

February 2, 2023

Jon Stewart Slams Media For ‘Salivating’ Over Tyre Nichols Footage

Jon Stewart and writer/comedian Kasaun Wilson recently discussed how the death of Tyre Nichols has… Read More

February 2, 2023

Jordan Peele Talks About Why He Didn’t Pursue Live-Action ‘Akira’ Remake

While on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Jordan Peele reflected on his decision not to… Read More

February 2, 2023