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.

Fats, finally had a major hit with “Ain’t That A Shame” in 1955. It Went all the way to #1 on the U.S. – R.&B. Charts and to #10 on the U.S. Hot 100 Chart. This was followed by a few other hits in 1955. Namely: “All By Myself” (#1 – U.S. – R.&B. Charts); “Poor Me” (#1 – U.S. – R.&B. Charts) and “I Can’t Go On” (#6 – U.S.- R.&B. Charts)

1956 was a banner year for him with the release of the album “Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino”. It brought together a number of unreleased singles with a few of his hits and arrived at #17 on the Pop Albums Chart. His biggest single (1956) was “Blueberry Hill” which charted at #2 on the U.S. Hot 100 Chart, #1 on the U.S. – R.&B. Charts and #6 on the U.K. Chart. “I’m In Love Again” was another high charter, along with “When My Dreamboat Comes Home” and Blue Monday. Fats appeared in two movies in 1956: “Shake, Rattle & Roll” and “The Girl Can’t Help It.

“I’m Walkin” started off 1957 by charting at #4 on the U.S. Hot 100 Chart, #1 on the U.S. – R.&B. Charts and #19 on the U.K. Chart. There were a few other charted songs of note in 1957. Namely, :”Valley of Tears” and “It’s You I Love”.

“Whole Lotta Loving” was the highest charting song in 1958 at #6 on the U.S. Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the U.S, – on The U.S. –  R.&B. Charts. In 1959 there were seven hits in the top 50 of the U.S. Hot 100 Chart: “Telling Lies”; “When The Saints Come Marching In”; “I’m Ready”; “Margie”, “I want to Walk You Home” (#8), “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday”; “Be My Guest” (#8) and “I’ve Been Around”.

Over the next few years there were only a few tunes to crack the top twenty of the U.S. Hot 100. In 1960: “Walking To New Orleans” (#6)                                                                                                                       “Three Nights A Week” (#15)                                                                                                                           “My Girl Josephine (#14)                                                                                                                   In 1961: “Let The Four Winds Blow” (#15)

The influence Of Fats Domino has been felt through through many decades and different genres of music. Many of the most successful artists of the last fifty years have felt this influence!

Source: Wikipedia

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