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We are just two days removed from the passing of legendary singer/pianist Fats Domino. This man was undoubtedly a pillar in the world of rock music having paved the way for many great rock icons. He is regarded as a key influence by such legends as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lennon, and even Paul McCartney.
Speaking of Paul McCartney, he recently took to his own website to pen an emotional letter to the late legend. He opened up and went into detail about just how much he meant to Paul. Here is what he had to say.
“Rest in peace Fats Domino, the great rock ’n’ roll pianist and singer who thrilled us in our early days in Liverpool. His hit records like ‘Ain’t That A Shame’, ‘Blueberry Hill’, ‘I’m In Love Again’ and many others introduced us to the sounds of New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll. We were excited to meet Fats once in his home town of New Orleans. He was wearing a huge star spangled diamond encrusted watch which was our first encounter with bling! His voice, piano playing and musical style was a huge influence on us and his appearance in the film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ was truly magnificent. As one of my favourite rock ‘n’ roll singers, I will remember him fondly and always think of him with that twinkle in his eye. I read that he had eight children. He himself was named Antoine. His kids were named Antoine III, Anatole, Andre, Antonio, Antoinette, Andrea, Anola and Adonica. Now that is pure Fats!” – Paul