Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm and blues singer who dubbed his two-legged boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals on dozens of hits, made him one of the greatest stars of the early rock’n’roll era, died on Tuesday in his house in Harvey, La., across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. He was 89.
His death was confirmed by Jefferson Parish Coroner’s office.
Mr. Domino had more than three dozens of Top 40 pop hits in the 1950s and early 60’s, including “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t It a Shame”, the actual lyrics) , ‘I’m Walkin’, ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Walkin’ to New Orleans. “Throughout, he displayed both the flowing spirit of New Orleans, his hometown, and a droll resistance that reached the listeners worldwide.
He sold 65 million singles in those years, with 23 gold records, making him second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force. Presley acknowledged Mr. Domino as a predecessor.
“Many people seem to think I started this business,” Presley told Jet magazine in 1957. “But rock’n’roll was here long before I came. Nobody can sing that music like the colored people. Let’s see: I can not sing like Fats Domino can.” I know. ”