Fats Domino, who sadly passed away last October, would have celebrated his 90th birthday this week.
Antoine Dominique Domino Jr, as he was born, was the youngest of eight children, incidentally, the same number of children he fathered, all of which had an initial beginning with A, was regarded as the original rock ‘n’ roller and his 1949 song The Fat Man, is often cited at the first million-selling rock ‘n’ roll record.
He loved is hometown of New Orleans and remained there all his life despite being caught up in Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and chose to stay due to his wife’s poor health. It was rumoured at the time that he’s died and someone even sprayed the legacy ‘RIP Fats you’ll be missed’ on his house. His house was badly damaged and the family briefly moved to the nearby town of Harvey whilst his house was rebuilt. He was married to Rosemary for 61 years until her death in 2008.
Between 1956 and 1963 he notched up 20 UK hits but only managed one top 10 hit which was Blueberry hill, a song first recorded by the Sammy Kaye Orchestra in 1940, which made number seven.
Let’s enjoy a live version from the Ed Sullivan show in America.