The New Orleans piano and vocal legend has died in Louisiana at the age of 89
The music world is paying tribute to the rhythm and blues man Fats Domino who died yesterday at the age of 89. He was born and raised among the great jazz traditions of New Orleans, where he cited Professor Longhair and Amos Milburn as his big influences. His boogie woogie singing and piano playing attracted a deal with Imperial Records in 1949; from there he became one of the pioneers of American rock and roll, with hits including ‘Blueberry Hill’ and ‘Ain’t That A Shame’. He famously hated touring and refused to leave New Orleans for the last 20 years, with the exception of Hurricane Katrina, when he had to be air-lifted to safety. His last public performance was at New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2007. Artists and fans have been paying tribute over social media…
I grew up listening to Fats Domino and its hard to believe he’s gone.— The Doobie Brothers (@TheDoobieBros) October 26, 2017
So many great songs by a great man. We’re gonna miss him!!
?? FATS DOMINO ?? One of the pure geniuses of American Music!! pic.twitter.com/E1md9q16jY— Jamison Ross (@Jamison_Ross) October 25, 2017