Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer: 1 of 300

Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer: 1 of 300

The Instances-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 undertaking, operating by means of 2018 and highlighting 300 individuals who have made New Orleans New Orleans, that includes authentic art work commissioned by NOLA.com | The Instances-Picayune with The place Y’Artwork gallery. At this time: Fat Domino.

The icon: Fat Domino.

The legacy: Born Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., in 1928, the portly piano prodigy from the Decrease ninth Ward can be among the many first nominees inducted within the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, because the legendary Fat Domino. A up to date of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, he recorded a string of 11 top-10 hits between 1955 and 1960 with a rolling-river piano type that gave the impression of nothing that got here earlier than.

The artist: Jeremy Paten, WhereYart.web.

The quote: “What they name rock and roll is rhythm and blues, and I have been enjoying it for 15 years in New Orleans.” — Fat Domino, 1956

Discover extra of Jeremy Paten’s work on-line at WhereYart.web and in particular person on the The place Y’Artwork gallery, 1901 Royal Road within the Marigny.


Band chief Billy Diamond is credited with giving Fat his well-known nickname in 1948 as a result of he felt the younger piano participant had the stuff to turn into as completed as two different famous pianists with that moniker: Fat Waller and Fat Pichon.
The cross-cultural enchantment of Domino’s music led to a type of de facto integration at his concert events, which through the segregated Jim Crow period drew each black and white followers.
Domino started enjoying the piano when his household purchased an previous upright when he was 10 years previous. His brother-in-law wrote the notes on the keys, and Domino was off, educating himself the remainder. He practiced a lot, his mother and father are mentioned to have moved the piano to the storage.
Painfully shy, he left college within the fourth grade, largely to keep away from standing in entrance of his class. He took up odd jobs to earn cash, and stored on practising that piano, educating himself songs he heard on the radio.
Upon listening to him mess around city, Diamond invited Domino to affix his band, the Strong Seekers, on the Hideaway Membership.
It was there that trumpeter Dave Bartholomew, then additionally a expertise scout for Imperial Information, pointed Domino out to the label’s proprietor, Lew Chudd. After listening to the child play “Junker’s Blues,” Chudd signed him. Domino was 21 years previous.
On Dec. 10, 1949, Fat Domino recorded his debut single, titled “The Fats Man.” Two months later, it was a bona fide hit — and gave America what some music historians argue was the primary rock ‘n’ roll track.
The title of “first rock ‘n’ roll track” is open to debate. Together with “The Fats Man,” different contenders embrace Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88,” Jimmy Preston’s “Rock the Joint” and Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Unusual Issues Taking place Each Day.” Most agree, nonetheless, that if “The Fats Man” wasn’t the primary, it was actually one of many first.
“The Fats Man” was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s legendary J&M Studio on Rampart Road, with Bartholomew producing.
When The Beatles performed a live performance in New Orleans in September 1964, one in every of their priorities was to fulfill Domino, whom they counted amongst their main musical influences — which they did, in a “backstage” trailer at Metropolis Park Stadium.
Domino died on Oct. 24, 2017, at his dwelling. He was 89 years previous.
A second-line parade celebrated his life, marching from Vaughn’s within the Bywater to Domino’s longtime ninth Ward dwelling on Caffin Avenue, which he maintained all through his profession.