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Fats Domino - Discography - Singles
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Ain't That A Shame      
Whole Lotta Lovin'      
The Fat Man      
Walking to New Orleans      
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Bio - Fats Domino
Fats Domino, born Antoine Dominique, was born on 26th February 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Fats Domino is a classic R&B singer and was the best-selling African-American singer of the 1950s and early 1960s. Domino is a fine pianist with an individualistic bluesy style showing stride and boogie-woogie influences. His congenial personality and rich accent have added to his appeal.

His career began with "The Fat Man" (1949, Imperial Records), one of the first rock and roll records, featuring a rolling piano and Fats doing wah-wah vocalizing. The record, a reworking of "Junker's Blues" by Champion Jack Dupree, was a massive hit, selling over a million copies and peaking at #2 on the Billboard R&B Charts. Fats then released a series of hit songs with producer and co-writer Dave Bartholomew, saxophonist Alvin "Red" Tyler and drummer Earl Palmer. Fats finally crossed into the pop mainstream with "Ain't That a Shame" (1955) which hit the Top Ten, though Pat Boone characteristically hit #1 with a cover of the song.

Fats released an unprecedented series of 35 Top 40 singles, including "Whole Lotta Loving", "Blue Monday", and a funky version of the old ballad "Blueberry Hill". After he moved to ABC-Paramount in 1963, the bottom fell out of Fats' recording career although he continued as a popular live act. Though he remained active for decades, he only had one more Top 40 hit, a cover of the Beatles song "Lady Madonna", originally written by Lennon-McCartney to emulate Fats's style.

In the 1980s Domino decided he would no longer leave New Orleans, as he had a comfortable income from royalties, disliked touring, and claimed he couldn't get any food he liked anywhere but his home town. His induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an invitation to perform at the White House failed to get Domino to make any exception to this policy. He lives in a mansion in the mostly working-class 9th Ward neighborhood, where he is a familiar sight in his bright pink Cadillac. He makes yearly appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and a few other local events, where he demonstrates that his musicianship and showmanship are undiminished.
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Fats Domino safe after Hurricane Katrina
and flooding devastate New Orleans
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Fats Domino and Bob Dylan to play New Orleans jazz festival in april/May 2006
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino was among the thousands of New Orleans residents plucked from rising floodwaters, his daughter said Thursday.
Karen Domino White, who lives in New Jersey, identified her father in a picture taken Monday night by a New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer. The photograph shows Domino being helped off a boat near his home in the city's Lower 9th Ward.
[ check out our New Orleans Katrina page ]
Fats plays first gig since Katrina

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