Fats Domino

Austin Rath

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How did Domino change Rock and Roll/Rhythm and Blues forever?

New Orleans singer and pianist Fats Domino outsold every 1950s rock & roll pioneer except Elvis Presley, leaving a profound impact on subsequent generations of musicians. Fats Domino may not have been the most flamboyant rock and roller of the Fifties, but he was certainly the figure most rooted in the worlds of blues, rhythm & blues and the various strains of jazz that gave rise to rock and roll. With his boogie-woogie piano playing and drawling, Creole-inflected vocals, Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. help put his native New Orleans on the map during the early rock and roll era. He was, in fact, a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll – a transition so subtle, especially in his case, that the line between these two nominally different forms of music blurred to insignificance.

What components of Domino made him so appealing in the 1950's, 1960's, or 1970's?

Fats Domino, the most affable and down to earth of the original rock and move stars, was gotten some information about the music's starting points in a Fifties TV meeting. "Rock and roll is only mood and soul," he reacted with trademark sincerity, "and we've been playing it for a considerable length of time down in New Orleans." This is a legitimate proclamation: All Fifties rockers, high contrast, nation conceived and city reared, were on a very basic level affected by R&B, the dark mainstream music of the late Forties and mid Fifties. R&B was a catchall rubric for the sound of everything from stepping Kansas City swing groups to New York road corner vocal gatherings to crude Delta and Chicago soul groups. To the extent Fats Domino was concerned, rock and roll was basically another promoting technique for the style of music he had been recording following 1949.

The roots of Rock and Roll/Rhythm and the Blues

Rock and-Roll was first so utilized as a part of 1951 by Alan Freed, Cleveland plate racer, taken from the tune "My Baby Rocks Me with a Steady Roll". The utilization of rock, move, shake and roll, and so forth., with reference to sex, is conventional in soul, a type of mainstream music that developed in the 1950's from cadence and soul, described by the utilization of electric guitars, a solid musicality with an accent on the unique, and youth-situated verses. A type of famous music emerging from and fusing an assortment of musical styles, particularly mood and soul, down home music, gospel and NYC House Cleaning Service. Starting in the United States in the 1950s, it is described by electronically enhanced instrumentation, an intensely highlighted beat, and generally basic expression structure

Today, what makes Domino still popular?

After Katrina, Fats Domino showed up around his home city of New Orleans. One of his shows was recorded for a PBS narrative, Fats Domino: Walkin' Back to New Orleans, which broadcast in 2007. A biggest hits collection was additionally discharged in 2007, permitting a radical new era to succumb to Fats Domino once more.

As of late, be that as it may, Domino has to a great extent stayed out of the spotlight. He went to a 2009 advantage show to watch such other musical legends as meager Richard and B.B. Lord perform, yet he stayed off the stage. Presently in his eighties, Domino will dependably be recognized as one of rock's initial stars. He additionally separated shading obstructions, getting white stations to play his melodies and playing to racially various groups of onlookers.

What are some of Domino's top songs?

Some of his top songs include Blueberry Hill, Ain't that a shame, I'm Walkin', Walking to New Orleans, The Fat Man, I Want to Walk you Home, Kansas City, and I'm in Love Again. However, he had many more popular songs.


1928 - Fats Domino is born

1946 - Fats Domino joins Billy Diamond’s band on piano at the Hideaway Club in New Orleans.

1950 - "Goin' Home" becomes the first of nine #1 R&B hits for Fats Domino. Those nine singles will top Billboard’s R&B chart for a combined 51 weeks - nearly a full year's worth of chart supremacy.

1956 - “I’m in Love Again,” by Fats Domino, enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #3 – ultimately making it the third highest-charting single of his career.

1956 - Fats Domino's biggest single, "Blueberry Hill," reaches #2 on the pop chart and #11 on the R&B chart, where it will stay for11 weeks. This same month Domino appears with Big Joe Turner in the breakthrough rock and roll film Shake, Rattle and Rock, performing three songs

1957 - Fats Domino tours with "The Biggest Show of Stars for '57," a three-month outing that also features Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, and the Moonglows

1961 - Fats Domino’s last major hit, “Let the Four Winds Blow,” enters the charts. It will peak at #2 R&B and #15 pop.

1986 - Fats Domino is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner. Billy Joel is his presenter.

1987 - Fats Domino receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. It is noted that he is "one of the most important links between rhythm & blues and rock and roll." His recording of “Blueberry Hill” enters the Grammy Hall of Fame.

2016 - Still alive
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