Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend Fats Domino Dead at Age 89
I just read the news that one of my favorite music artist of all time, Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. aka Fats Domino died on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. He was 89 years old. First thing I did was go to my vinyl collection and pulled out all of the Fats Domino albums that I own, and started looking at the covers, and listening to his songs.
Fats Domino was born on February 26, 1928, seven years before my father was born. I was born in 1975, so he was a legend way before my time, but I remember his music was still in heavy rotation at radio stations when I lived in Miami, Florida between 1982 and 1987. Proving that his music transcended time. My personal favorites are “Blueberry Hill,” and “Aint That a shame.” Fats Domino-inspired many musical artists such as the Beatles, and Elvis Presley for example. Fats Domino was an extremely successful solo artist in his prime, which was between 1949 and 1962, with multiple hit songs and selling millions of records worldwide. Only Elvis Presley sold more records at the time Fats Domino was dominating the charts.
I mentioned earlier that I pulled out all of my Fats Domino albums after reading the news of his death. I would like to share with you an excerpt from an article that appears on the back cover of “Fats Domino, Blueberry Hill!” album. It was written by Tom McEntee who passed away on Sept. 24, 2009. Now, mind you, Tom McEntee was a country chart editor of Cashbox Magazine. And he is describing how as a teenager growing up, Fats Domino was the coolest thing happening. It’s a great read and I think it’s a great way commemorate the Rock ‘N Roll Legend Fats Domino, and at the same time give a sense of the impact he had in the music industry.
If you lived in my neighborhood and went to my high school, you had every Fats Domino record you could lay your hands on. The Fat Man was just as the ‘in’ symbol as were the charcoal suits and the pink shirts with French Cuffs. As much as the chopped and channeled Chevy with its milled heads and its engine block bored and stroked.
Even now, as I write these notes, a Fats Domino song blares from the speaker of my mind and a day- and even an era- crystalizes in my memory. And for each record that I recall, there is another memory sharp and clear as yesterday. Wonderful, carefree, tumultuous days brought back into focus in bittersweet clarity.
Fats singing “Please Don’t Leave Me” or “Going To The River,” thumping out “Bo Weevil” and “I’m Walking” or his unmistakable moaning of “Blueberry Hill” and “Blue Monday.” A list as long as your arm, and a million-seller for almost every record. Seventeen million sellers in all, more than any other solo artist, with the exception of Elvis.
How many people have tried to imitate the Fat Man’s stylings, and how many recording acts have tried to capture his sound on records? If anybody was rock ‘n roll, if any one person embodied the spirit and part of a movement and yet retain his own individuality and remain his own man- that person was Fats Domino.
But that’s only my opinion-shared with a few million others. A biased opinion, I admit, but how can we remain unbiased? After all, we were there and we remember.
Tom McEntee, Associate Editor at Cash Box Magazine.
Rest In Peace Fats Domino, thanks for the music and your influence, and you will most definitely live on through your music.
Staff writer: David P Fenelus
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