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Fats Domino – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneer

Fats_Domino_1956 (255x191)Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr. came into the world on February 26, 1928. He was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His dad was an accomplished violinist this sparked a love of music in Fats. In the summer of 1947, while playing the piano at a backyard barbecue, he was asked to play in a band by Billy Diamond, A New Orleans bandleader. Diamond nicknamed him “Fats” because Domino reminded him of two other renowned pianists with the same name.

“The Fat Man” sold a million records by 1953 on the Imperial Record label. A few of those hits which made the U.S.- R.&B. Charts were: “The Fat Man” (1949 @ #2); “Every Night About This Time” (1950 @#9); “Goin’ Home” (1952 @ #1 & U.S. Hot 100 Chart @ #30); “Poor, Poor Me” (1952 @ #10) and a number of songs in 1953 and 1954 that also made the U.S. – R.&B. Charts.

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A Brief History of Rock and Roll Music

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Rock and roll is a widely variable music style, incorporating many sounds and including many genres. It began, in a form that is recognizable today, in the 1950s.

It was always an inclusive genre, having originated from an indiscernible mix of jazz, blues, swing, and country music. Its proto-forms were known as ‘race music’, due to the predominance of black artists. However, the success of white artists such as Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, and Elvis Presley made liking rock and roll mainstream.

Some of the most influential early artists in the rock and roll genre were Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, etc. All these artists were rooted in jazz and blues traditions.
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The One-Hit Wonders (1955-1958)

One-Hit Wonders Continued ( 1959 thru 1962 )

Over the years there have been many “One-Hit Wonders”. These are a few of the entries that fit into that category.According to Billboard, one of the early contributors was ‘The Penguins’ with “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)”. It peaked at #8 on the charts, February 1955, and still is very popular on most “Oldies” radio programs. The ‘Baby Boomers’ are sure to remember “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett”. It peaked at #29 in April 1955. Also in 1955 “At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)” by the ‘El Dorados’,

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