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It is with heavy hearts that today we have to report to you that Fats Domino, iconic rock & roll trailblazer and pioneer has passed away at the age of 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office in Louisiana, confirmed his death. He died of natural causes.
Antoine Domino Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the eighth and youngest child of Antoine Caliste Domino and Marie-Donatille Gros. His family was French Creole and even spoke Louisiana Creole French as his first language. Antoine was taught to play piano by his brother-in-law Harrison Verrett, a jazz guitarist.
Billy Diamond, a New Orleans bandleader, first noticed Antoine performing at a backyard BBQ. Upon hearing him play, Billy asked Antoine to join his band the Solid Senders. It was then that Atoine was given the nickname “Fats” mainly because Antoine reminded Billy of the famous piano players Fats Waller and Fats Pichon.
Domino was in a league of his own paving the way for many, many rock icons to follow. Such legendary performers as Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Jerry Lee Lewis, and even John Lennon among others all regard Domino as one of their biggest musical influences. It goes without saying that this man was one of the most important people in all of music.
It truly goes without saying that Fats Domino was, is, and will always still be a pillar in the world of music. As underrated as he is, he was an incredibly important person for rock & roll. His music has touched the lives of so many – ultimately paving the way for hundreds, even thousands of iconic musicians to follow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family during this sad time. Thank you for the memories, Domino. RIP.