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Louisiana Rock ‘N’ Roll legend Fats Domino dies at 89

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Multiple reports confirm, Rock ‘N’ Roll legend, Fats Domino, has died of natural causes.

Domino attracted national attention with his first recording, “The Fat Man”, made in late 1949 for Imperial Records. “The Fat Man” sold one million copies by 1953; it is widely considered the first rock-and-roll record to achieve this feat. He and longtime friend, Dave Bartholomew, released a stream of consistent hit records. Some of Fats’ biggest hits include, “Ain’t That A Shame”, “Blueberry Hill”, “Walking To New Orleans”, “Valley of Tears”, “I Want To Walk You Home”, and many more.

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed parts of his neighborhood, Domino was believed to be dead. The words, “RIP Fats”, were spray painted on the side of his home. Later it was discovered that he had been staying with his grand-daughter and her boyfriend in Baton Rouge. At that time, the grand-daughter was dating LSU Quarterback, JaMarcus Russell, who actually picked Fats and his family up from a shelter and offered his apartment to the family. During that period, Domino told the Washington Post that his family, ‘lost everything’.

The destruction of Hurricane Katrina could not pull Domino out of New Orleans. While they attempted to rejuvenate his lower 9th Ward mansion, he and his family moved to the New Orleans Westbank in the Harvey community.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 25 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

In September 2007, Domino was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame in Ferriday. He is also the past recipient of the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared January 27, 2007 as “Fats Domino Day in New Orleans” and presented him with a signed declaration. Domino has sold over 65M records around the world.

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Ro Wright is the Co-Owner of Unboxed Possibilities. He and his wife, Sandria Wright, live in New Orleans and they are the founders of the Black Boot Network.

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